Tottenham captain Michael Dawson thankful for Andre Villas-Boas faith

Tottenham Hotspur defender Michael Dawson says he is grateful to Andre Villas-Boas for giving him a chance at Spurs

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Michael Dawson says he is grateful that Andre Villas-Boas provided the centre-half with the chance to fight for his Tottenham Hotspur future.

The Spurs defender has been one of the standout performers this season, with the England international virtually ever-present in Villas-Boas’s back four.

However, it could have been very different after Dawson came close to completing a £10m move to Queens Park Rangers in the summer transfer window.

But Dawson stayed because he was determined to break back into the starting line-up, and the former Nottingham Forest defender is relishing his captaincy role at White Hart Lane.

“I wasn’t involved in the first game of the season, but the manager saw that I was working hard and he gave me a chance,” Dawson told Sky Sports News.

“It’s been an interesting season, to say the least.

“In the summer I was out of the team, but I stayed because I believed I could get back into the team and I could help the team achieve things. Now I am playing I am loving every minute of it. Had I wanted to, I could have gone but I never, ever gave it a thought.

“I love playing at the club. I’m captain of the team and it’s a great feeling leading those boys out and, if I can help the boys to achieve things, it would be great.”

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