Tottenham defender Michael Dawson says he never considered accepting an offer to join Queens Park Rangers last summer.

Dawson appeared to be on his way out of White Hart Lane in the summer after the arrival of new boss Andre Villas-Boas, who accepted an offer for his services from QPR despite the fact he was named club captain after the Portuguese's arrival.

The 29-year-old opted to stay and fight for his place in the first team, and after making just two Premier League appearances in the first three months of the season the England international is now a regular starter.

And far from blaming Villas-Boas for agreeing to let him leave, Dawson is thankful to the former Chelsea boss for giving him the opportunity to prove him wrong.

"I wasn't involved in the first game of the season, but the manager saw that I was working hard and he gave me a chance," he said. "It's been an interesting season, to say the least."

"In the summer I was out of the team, but I stayed because I believed I could get back into the team and I could help the team achieve things. Now I am playing I am loving every minute of it."

"Had I wanted to, I could have gone but I never, ever gave it a thought," Dawson continued. "I love playing at the club. I'm captain of the team and it's a great feeling leading those boys out and, if I can help the boys to achieve things, it would be great."

Dawson will lead Spurs out against Basel this evening as they chase a place in the semi-finals of the Europa League.

The north London club face an uphill task if they are to do so however; a 2-2 draw in the first leg at White Hart Lane last week means the Swiss side are firm favourites to progress to the last four.

Despite that, Dawson remains upbeat about his side's chances even without injured trio Gareth Bale, Jermain Defoe, and Aaron Lennon, and William Gallas.

"We recognise the more talented players you have available the more dangerous you can be, especially players like those three, who have been magnificent this season," he said.

“It’s something that might give the advantage to Basle but it will never be an excuse for us. We have great players and we have belief in them and we go forward towards the game with ambition, even without them.

“We have a chance to reach a prestigious semi-final after so many years for Tottenham and I think that should be motivation to drive us through.”

"We recognise the more talented players you have available the more dangerous you can be, especially players like those three, who have been magnificent this season.

“It’s something that might give the advantage to Basle but it will never be an excuse for us. We have great players and we have belief in them and we go forward towards the game with ambition, even without them.

“We have a chance to reach a prestigious semi-final after so many years for Tottenham and I think that should be motivation to drive us through.”

 

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