Dawson clinches new Tottenham contract

Tottenham Hotspur captain Michael Dawson has signed a new three-year contract at White Hart Lane, the Daily Express has reported.

Dawson has been a Tottenham player since 2005, when he left Nottingham Forest to make the move to north London. In the eight years the centre-back has spent with Spurs he has made almost 300 appearances and is now Tottenham’s longest-serving player.

The new deal caps a startling turnaround in Dawson’s Tottenham career as shortly after the appointment of Andre Villas-Boas as Head Coach in 2012, it appeared Dawson was surplus to requirements. The new man favoured the likes of William Gallas, Younes Kaboul and new signing Jan Vertonghen and was willing to let Dawson leave, only for Dawson to insist on staying and become the backbone of Villas-Boas’ side, wearing the captain’s armband whenever he plays.

Dawson also has a handful of England caps, having made his senior debut in August 2010, having been a late call-up to the national team party at the World Cup of the same summer, without playing a game.

The 29-year-old was also part of the Spurs squad that won the League Cup in 2008, beating London rivals Chelsea, through goals from Dimitar Berbatov and Jonathan Woodgate, although he did not play in the final itself. Individually, Dawson won the club player of the year award for 2009-10 after a season in which he played 40 games, helping Tottenham qualify for the Champions League.

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