Transfer news: Former Tottenham captain Ledley King insists squad will be ready for the new season despite Real Madrid pursuit of Gareth Bale

King claims that the squad will be determined to kick-start their quest to return to the Champions League with or without Bale

Former Tottenham captain Ledley King is adamant that the squad will be in the right frame of mind to get off to a good start once the new season begins despite the obvious distractions of Gareth Bale’s proposed transfer to Real Madrid.

Tottenham kick-off the new season next weekend away at Crystal Palace, although whether or not Bale will still be with the club remains in the balance as Real Madrid attempt to secure the winger for a world record transfer fee.

King saw a number of players come under intense interest from other clubs during his time at Spurs such as Luka Modric, Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Carrick, and they all eventually left the club to further their careers.

The former central defender believes though that the rest of the squad will be focused on getting Spurs back into the Champions League with or without Bale.

"At this time of the season, you are not sure what's going to happen," King said at the launch of the club's new interactive online game Tottenham Turfies.

"I'm sure every club is the same. As players you learn to deal with that.

"You just get your head down and concentrate on performing your best for the team and that's what the players will be doing."

Manager Andre Villas-Boas has spoken previously of his desire to see the transfer window shut before the Premier League season gets underway, identifying the disruption caused by last minute moves for his players behind his reasoning.

Villas-Boas has moved early to bring in Brazilian midfielder Paulinho, Belgian Nacer Chadli and Spaniard Roberto Soldado and strengthen his squad, and it is a belief that King agrees should be implemented in the near future.

"Once you get to the season, you ideally want to know the team you are going to be working with," said King.

"We've had it before where players have gone a week or two after the season and players have come in. It can work against you. Ideally it would be better if things could be sorted out before the first ball was kicked."

Reports in Spain suggest that Spurs’ chairman Daniel Levy will meet with Real’s president Florentino Perez to negotiate a move in Miami later today, where Carlo Ancelotti’s Madrid squad will meet Chelsea in the final of the International Champions Cup.

Levy has been on holiday in Florida, but Spanish newspaper AS are reporting that the two will meet to officially discuss terms that would see Bale move to Spain.

Although Ancelotti has been reluctant to speak on the matter, club captain Iker Casillas has said that should Bale make the move, he will be welcomed into the squad.

"We still don't know if it's official or not,” admitted Casillas. “There has been a lot of talk about it in the last few days, just like in every pre-season.

"Last year it was Modric and now it's 'the Bale saga'. The president and Jose Angel Sanchez (Real's director general) always do everything to try and bring the best players to the club. The current squad is complete in every area but if a player like Bale comes along, he'll be welcomed."

However, the north London club were focusing on different matters as they attempted to nurture the next generation of football stars by launching what they claim is the first digital interactive online game for children to be developed by a football side.

King gave his approval to the game by saying: "It's a terrific game that brings kids closer to the club they love and their idols.

"These kids are the future fans, so it's important to give them the support and the interaction they need."

Tottenham Hotspur Club Ambassador Ledley King today launched Tottenham Turfies, the world's first fully-interactive children's game created and developed by a football club.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Sport
Luis Suarez looks towards the crowd during the 2-1 victory over England
sport
Life and Style
Cheesecake frozen yoghurt by Constance and Mathilde Lorenzi
food + drinkThink outside the cool box for this summer’s frozen treats
News
John Barrowman kisses his male “bride” at a mock Gretna Green during the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony
peopleBarrowman's opening ceremony message to Commonwealth countries where he would be sent to prison for being gay
Sport
Sir Bradley Wiggins removes his silver medal after the podium ceremony for the men’s 4,000m team pursuit in Glasgow yesterday
Commonwealth games Disappointment for Sir Bradley in team pursuit final as England are forced to settle for silver
Sport
Alistair Brownlee (right) celebrates with his gold medal after winning the men’s triathlon alongside brother Jonny (left), who got silver
England's Jodie Stimpson won the women’s triathlon in the morning
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform