Ledley King has been speaking to the press this week about his own future and the expectations of his club for the 2011-12 season. King hopes that it will be Spurs that mount the biggest threat to the Manchester sides this campaign.

“I hope we can become the biggest challenger to the Manchester teams,” King said in the Evening Standard. “We’re still learning, we’re still taking one game at a time, but at the moment we feel we can win every game we go into.”

Ledley’s return sparked off an unbeaten run in the league that stretches back over eight games but the club captain is still unsure of his own future. King’s contract is due to expire at the end of the season and he needs to complete 20 league games to earn an extension.

“I always go out to play as many games as I can,” he added. “I don’t like talking too much about what’s going to happen. I feel OK but you just don’t know. I just want to keep doing the right things and put myself in a position to play in the next game. Hopefully I can keep grinding out the games and get stronger as I go along.”

To date, King has played in seven games this season and while the Holy Grail of 20 games looks more than achievable, you never know with Ledley. For the time being, he will benefit from the international break and look ahead to the Villa game in two weeks’ time. To use the oldest cliché in the book, the skipper is taking ‘each game as it comes’.

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