Ledley King wants to stay at Tottenham Hotspur even if he can no longer play for them, the veteran defender said Friday.
The 31-year-old, who has endured numerous injury problems, was not on the retained list provided by the club to the Premier League but he has not ruled out signing a new contract.
King, who has been at Spurs since he was a trainee, told the club's official website: "I had a really good start to last season and was pleased to play as many games as I did.
"A knock in training set me back towards the end, but I opted to carry on playing rather than take the time out to have the knee seen to.
"Unfortunately that meant that I didn't play the last few games at the standard I would have liked.
"I've been discussing things with the club and my contract expires this summer.
"The club has been fantastic in supporting me and given me several options to stay involved with Tottenham. I shall take a view with them pre-season on my future.
"Tottenham have been the only club for me and if I can't play here then I shall look to be involved in another capacity."
Other notable players not on their club's retained list include Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia, Manchester United's Michael Owen and Manchester City's Owen Hargreaves.