Tottenham transfers: Dawson wants Bale & ‘world-class players’ to stay

Tottenham transfers: Michael Dawson says he wants Spurs to keep their world-class players at the club next season

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Gareth Bale has scored 23 league goals for Tottenham this season Photo: J Boyes, via Wikimedia

Michael Dawson says Tottenham Hotspur must keep hold of their world-class players – including Gareth Bale – if Spurs want to improve.

The Wales international has been linked with a move to Real Madrid since the Premier League season finished, with Tottenham failing to secure a top-four finish.

But Spurs captain Dawson is confident the north London side can make new additions this summer and mount a successful bid to secure Champions League football at White Hart Lane next term.

“We all know how good Gaz was last year, he was world class and of course we have got plenty of other world-class players, so we have to make sure we keep hold of them all,” Dawson said at the launch of Tottenham’s new kit.

“Gaz will be the first to admit he cannot do it without the rest of the team.

“He thoroughly deserved winning both awards last season, it was a great honour for him, he was amazing.

“But if we keep bringing players in, it is only going to make us better as a squad – that is what we want to do.

“We have a fantastic squad with a great manager and good staff – everyone at the whole club is hungry to do well.

“Every player wants to be in the Champions League, we have just made a great signing and improvement is the key, bringing in players like Paulinho is only going to make the club better.

“With the squad we have, if we keep improving that, it is going to take us to the next level.

“You want to keep your best players and also keep improving. We have already improved (the squad), I am sure we will continue to look to do that over the summer.

“As players, we will take that onto the pitch and then hopefully this time next year we can start talking about being in the Champions League again.

“We have to go out there and perform to make sure we are in there again, because it is only ourselves to blame if we are not.”

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