Coventry claim King agreement
Coventry have moved to clear up the Marlon King confusion, saying they have a 'double verbal agreement".
Last Updated: 04/06/11 7:45pm
Coventry have attempted to clear up the confusion over Marlon King's future by insisting they have had a "double verbal agreement" he will sign a new deal.
The 31-year-old striker impressed at the Ricoh Arena last season, scoring 12 goals in 28 Championship appearances, but is now out of contract and has been linked with a move to Leicester.
Coventry manager Andy Thorn claimed on Friday that King has told him he will sign a new deal when he comes back off holiday.
But King's advisor Tony Finnigan later told skysports.com that the former Watford striker was yet to commit his future to anyone and was still in talks.
However, the Sky Blues have responded by saying they have not only had assurances from King but Finnigan too.
"Coventry City wish to state that they have had a double verbal agreement that Marlon King will be a Sky Blues player next season," read a statement on the club's official website.
"Chairman Ken Dulieu has a verbal confirmation from Marlon's friend and advisor while the player has also told manager Andy Thorn that he is looking forward to next season at the Ricoh Arena and is delighted to remain with the club.
"The formalities of the deal will be concluded when Marlon returns from his summer holiday and we hope he will be a key member of Andy's squad for the coming season.
"The club is aware of reports to the contrary but they are either ill-informed or inaccurate."