Spurs defender won’t be distracted by troublesome stories

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Tottenham Hotspur defender Michael Dawson has rubbished suggestions that he is ready to leave White Hart Lane, insisting his future lies in north London.

Reports had emerged that Dawson was upset with a 'derisory' pay rise offered to him by chairman Daniel Levy.

But the England international, who has four years remaining on his current contract, is happy with life at Spurs.

"I have no idea where this story has come from - it certainly has not come from myself or any of my representatives," he said.

"I think I have always demonstrated that I am a proud player and captain of this club and nothing has changed in that respect.

"I have an excellent relationship with everyone at this club from the chairman, to the players to the supporters and I wouldn't want false reporting such as this to impact on that.


"There has been absolutely no fallout with anyone whatsoever. I still have four years left on my current contract and no issues regarding it whatsoever. It is an honour to be captain of this football club and my sole focus is on getting ready for the new season with Spurs and, hopefully, England as well."

Dawson has made over 200 appearances for Tottenham since joining the club from Nottingham Forest in 2005.

The 27-year-old was the mainstay of Spurs' defence domestically and in Europe, while the likes of William Gallas and Ledley King struggled with injuries.

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