Dawson a victim of Tottenham squad depth, insists Villas-Boas

Tottenham Hotspur Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas has explained that he has put Michael Dawson up for sale only because the club already has his desired number of centre-backs, rather than out of any comment on his ability as a player, the Daily Mirror has reported.

The Mirror adds that Dawson has turned down the chance to move to Queens Park Rangers and Stoke City, while Sunderland retain an interest, after Villas-Boas confirmed Dawson would rarely if ever see first team football as things stand at White Hart Lane. Dawson however remains reluctant to leave the club.

Villas-Boas can call on French pair Younes Kaboul and William Gallas, who started for Spurs against Newcastle last weekend, as well as new signing Jan Vertonghen and Steven Caulker, who has returned to Tottenham after a year on loan at Swansea City. Villas-Boas believes that four centre-backs is enough, despite praising Dawson for being “an excellent leader [and] an excellent player.

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