Tottenham skipper Ledley King has responded to the whispering campaign about his future by insisting: 'I'm not retiring'.
The 27-year-old centre-back has played 10 times this season and will not feature in the remaining games of the campaign as he looks to fully recover from his knee problem.
Surgery in the last two summers sparked rumours surrounding King's long-term fitness prospects. He has recently been receiving medical advice on how to deal with the injury.
'I'm not retiring, let's put it that way,' King said.
'I've read a lot of stories about my situation over the last few weeks but I honestly believe that when I do finally get it all right there won't be any more problems in the future.'
King revealed he was carrying the injury for a 'few seasons' before going under the knife.
After returning to action at Christmas, he suffered inflammation to his knee after games meaning he would often need to stagger his games to rest the injury.
He did manage to feature in the Carling Cup final victory over Chelsea.
'I'm not sure exactly when I'll be back playing twice a week again,' he told Sport magazine. 'Now my main aim is to prepare myself for next season and do everything possible to ensure that I don't have any problems next year.'
King still goes to as many Spurs games as possible when sidelined and he is expected to be at White Hart Lane when Middlesbrough visit this weekend.