Andre Villas-Boas Says QPR Target Michael Dawson Could Stay At Tottenham

Portuguese says QPR move not set in stone.

Andre Villas-Boas says it would be a ‘privilege’ if centre-back Michael Dawson remains at Tottenham.

Spurs accepted a £9m bid from QPR for the 28-year-old on Tuesday but it is understood that Dawson wants to stay at White Hart Lane to fight for his place.

Far from forcing the England international out of the door, Villas-Boas says he will be happy if the former Nottingham Forest stopper opts to stay at the club.

“I had an open chat with Michael, I explained we have five central defenders here,” Villas-Boas told Sky Sports.

“But he’s a great professional and if he is still here at the end of the transfer window it will be a privilege for me.

“His human qualities are highly appreciated by us and the football club.

“His skills as a footballer are second to none so we appreciate them as well.

“If we end up with a scenario with five central defenders there is more competition and there might be less opportunities.

“That’s why we are willing to consider different options and we have allowed the player to speak to QPR.”

Dawson sat out the majority of last season with injuries but it is thought he is confident of winning over Villa-Boas, despite the presence of Younes Kaboul, William Gallas, Steven Caulker and Jan Vertonghen at the club.

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