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Gareth Bale is going nowhere says Spurs teammate Michael Dawson

The defender is optimistic that his club will be able to stave off transfer interest from Manchester United and Real Madrid.

Gareth Bale in full flight against Swindon last week.
Gareth Bale in full flight against Swindon last week.
Image: John Walton/EMPICS Sport

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR DEFENDER Michael Dawson believes teammate Gareth Bale will be at the club for the start of the new season despite interest from Real Madrid and Manchester United.

The midfielder is the subject of increased transfer speculation with many media outlets, such as the Daily Mail and Sunday Express, linking him to a £60m move to United. Bale is in Hong Kong with Spurs at present and Dawson is choosing to believe boss Andre Villas Boas when he declares that the Welshman is committed to staying at the club.

“Gaz is a Tottenham player,” Dawson proclaimed. “The manager has come out and said that he is staying and that’s great news.” The former Nottingham Forest City defender told Sky Sports News that he expects Bale to stay beyond the summer transfer window. He said:

What Gaz did last year was sensational; the goals he scored and some of the points he won for us. He helped us get to 72 points and I’m sure he’ll be doing the same next season… He keeps his head down. The way he is playing, there is going to be speculation.

“He’ll concentrate on doing what he has to do for Spurs and, hopefully, keep scoring goals.”

Bale, Dawson and the Spurs players were joined on the flight from London by three players that gave into the temptations of big money transfers. Jesus Navas, Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic emerged from the touched down plane in Hong Kong, resplendent in their new Manchester City tracksuits and happy to pose for photographs.

The trio are expected to play for City against South China on Wednesday. Spurs will take on Sunderland first in the preseason tournament.

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