Tottenham have GOT to keep Gareth Bale, declares Michael Dawson

Michael Dawson says Tottenham must keep hold of Gareth Bale if they want to establish themselves as Champions League regulars

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Gareth Bale has scored nine goals in his last seven games Photo: Back Page Images

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Michael Dawson says Tottenham must keep hold of Gareth Bale if they want to establish themselves as Champions League regulars.

The 23-year-old winger has been in stunning form for Spurs this season and has netted nine goals in his last seven outings for the north Londoners.

The Wales international’s impressive performances have inevitably led to reports linking him with a move away from White Hart Lane, with Real Madrid said to be interested in his services.

But Dawson says that the north Londoners, who are gunning for a top-four finish this season, must keep Bale and their other top players if their are to establish themselves as one of Europe’s top clubs.

“Tottenham have got to keep Bale,” Dawson told talkSPORT. “But you have to keep all of your best players if you want to be playing in the Champions League regularly and fighting to finish as high as you can in the Premier League.

“Gareth has been brilliant. He’s been linked to here, there and everywhere, but when a player is playing as well as he is, that’s going to happen. He’s a Tottenham player and long may that continue.

“But there are lots of players in that dressing room who have been brilliant. Hugo Lloris, for example, has only just come in and is finally getting the plaudits he deserves. He’s been fantastic, Tottenham now have competition in every position.”

Dawson’s Tottenham future looked to be in doubt when Andre Villas-Boas first arrived at the club last summer.

But the centre-half has impressed since opting to stay and fight for a first-team place under the Portuguese coach.

He added: “To be fair the gaffer’s been very honest with me from day one. When I spoke to him just after pre-season he said there might not be as much opportunity for me to play as much football as I would have liked but it was my choice to stay and fight for my position on that squad.

“I was on the training pitch, working hard, and thankfully the manager saw that and put me in.

“As a player you can only ask for honesty and the gaffer’s been that. He’s been great and as I say I’m just glad to be back playing.”

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