Tottenham captain Dawson agrees new deal at White Hart Lane

The former Queens Park Rangers target has signed a new contract with the club

Michael Dawson has agreed a new three-year contract with Tottenham Hotspur, with the deal tying the defender to the club until 2016.

The Spurs club captain first arrived at White Hart Lane from Nottingham Forest in 2005 as part of an £8 million deal that saw teammate Andy Reid join him in North London.

Since then Dawson has played over 200 times for Spurs and was key component of the side that qualified for the Champions League in 2010, progressing to the last eight of the competition in the following season.

He was made club captain following the departure of Robbie Keane and has been capped by England on four separate occasions.

The new agreement puts an end to speculation linking the player with a transfer away from the club.

Last season Dawson was close to moving to Queens Park Rangers in a deal worth £9 million, but the player ultimately failed to agree personal terms with the team, which is managed by former Lilywhites boss Harry Redknapp.

And at the time, Andre Villas-Boas admitted that his inability to guarantee the 29-year-old first team football could ultimately result in his departure from the club.

“Michael has, obviously, high expectations to play,” he told the Daily Mail.

“What I told him is I can’t promise any player that he will be playing in two weeks’ time, three weeks’ time, four weeks’ time.

“We would listen to offers but if the scenario in the end of the transfer window ended up with Michael staying, it would be an extremely good privilege for us.”

The new deal may have drawn a line under the idea of Dawson departing in the near future, with the player seemingly keen to establish himself at Tottenham with a view to earning a place in England’s squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil – should they qualify.

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