Villas-Boas sells Dawson days after endorsing him as new Tottenham captain
Michael Dawson looks set to complete a move from Tottenham Hotspur to Queens Park Rangers after being deemed surplus to requirements by Andre Villas-Boas, as the Daily Mirror reports it was only a few days ago when the Portuguese appeared to back the England international to be the club’s new permanent captain following the retirement of Ledley King.
The Head Coach is said to have decided to sell Dawson after judging him to be too slow for the vision of Spurs Villas-Boas is attempting to put in place. But speaking ahead of Tottenham’s first Premier League game of the season, Villas-Boas suggested that Dawson’s long-term future was at White Hart Lane - and wearing the captain’s armband, no less.
Villas-Boas said: “We have our reference this year, which is Dawson, and we hope to keep it that way but towards the end of the window we will have a better idea of the players that stay with us and come in.” While there may have been an element of hedging in Villas-Boas’ comments he went on to explicitly state that Dawson will start the season as captain of the club.
The Mirror added that Real Madrid’s former Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho could be the centre-back Villas-Boas turns to in order to replace Dawson, who is expected to move to QPR for £9m.
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