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King: We don't miss Berbatov

LEDLEY KING has lit the blue touchpaper ahead of Saturday's clash against Manchester United by saying: Who needs Berba?

The Spurs captain was stunned when Dimitar Berbatov left for United in a £30.75million deal.

But King — who scored his first goal for three years in Monday night's 2-0 win at West Ham — believes Tottenham are better off without the sulking Bulgarian striker.

King insists no one at White Hart Lane is bothered about Berbatov joining United after he shamelessly chased a move two seasons after signing from Bayer Leverkusen.

He said: “Players come and go, we are professional about it. We are just interested in players who want to play for the club.

“We'll say hello, shake his hand but once we go on the pitch we have a job to do in keeping him quiet.

“A lot of players have come and gone over the last few years. I'm used to playing them when they return.

“It's not been an issue before and it won't be at the weekend.â€

Some Tottenham fans feel betrayed by Berbatov's switch but King says United's newest star is due a rousing reception from the Lane faithful on Saturday evening.

He added: “Dimitar was brilliant for us, I'm sure he will get a good reception from the fans.

“Dimitar was like Robbie Keane, the fans' favourite while he was here. I'm sure they appreciate what he did for the club, hopefully we keep him quiet.â€

Centre-back King, 28, faces his usual fitness battle ahead of his meeting with Berbatov (right).

The knee problem that has plagued King for the last three years means he is struggling to play more than once a week while any kind of hard training is a strict non-starter.

King admitted: “I probably won't train between now and Saturday. I always miss a lot of training but when a match comes around I refuse to be counted out.

“I'm desperate to play against United, I'm really up for that one. I want to be involved in all big games.â€

Spurs hauled themselves into 15th place and above West Ham with the win on Monday night.

Jamie O'Hara sealed the win with a 20-yard drive after King's towering header.

And King added: “Beating West Ham at Upton Park was one of our best performances of the season.

“They had kept three clean sheets before that and were confident.

“But we bossed it and once we took the lead, we went from strength to strength.

“It doesn't seem three years since I scored my last goal.

“But the reality is we have players all over the pitch who can score.â€

Hammers defender Matthew Upson says Gianfranco Zola's side must get more points on the board during the busy Christmas period.

Following the defeat to Spurs, West Ham sit three points above the drop zone after one win in the last 10.

And Upson said: “In the second half against Spurs we ran out of steam a little bit.

“There are a lot of teams right in the thick of it.

“This period building up to Christmas will put a bit of distance between the teams who can move towards the higher reaches of the table and those who will be struggling at the bottom.

“The next few games are all important for us.

“We have to make sure we get back to hard work, stick to what we believe in and grind some resultsâ€


Big Mouth From Ledley King !!! We'll see about that on Saturday...

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:D What did he really say? That they dont miss him. What should he say, that they stink without him and thats why Ramos got the foot? By that he'd be telling his team mates stinks major....I dont think it would happen!

This is how other teams fans feels when Fergie and the players trash talk the other teams. What goes around comes around....I love it.

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King : No bother with Berbs

Tottenham captain Ledley King insists there will be no bad blood between his side and former striker Dimitar Berbatov when the Reds travel to White Hart Lane on Saturday.

The Bulgarian's acrimonious departure from Spurs is unlikely to ensure a warm reception from the home support this weekend, but King is keen to play down his return.

"Dimitar Berbatov was brilliant for the club," he said. "He was a fans' favourite, but hopefully we can keep him quiet on Saturday. There will be no animosity between us.

"We will say hello to him and shake his hand but once we are on the pitch, we have a job to do. It happens a lot that you face your former team-mates, and I am used to playing against people I know, so facing Dimitar won't be an issue."

Central defender King is touch-and-go to be ready for United's visit. Chronic knee problems often reduce him to one appearance per week but, even though he played - and scored - in Spurs' win at West Ham on Monday, he is aiming to feature on Saturday.

"I probably won't train between now and Saturday," he said. "I miss a lot of training, but until the match comes along, I won't be counted out.

"Of course I am desperate to face United, because I want to be involved in all the big games. It is a shorter week than normal for me, with the West Ham game being on a Monday night, but I will do my best to prepare and hopefully I will be available."


That day he said that who need Berba and then today he said no bother with Berbatov......Is he suffer from amnesia................or he's afraid that Berbatov will rise.........................
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