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Dawson throws his support behind Levy over Modric

ESPN staff
July 14, 2011
Michael Dawson does not want to lose Tottenham's star player Luka Modric © Getty Images

Tottenham defender Michael Dawson has backed the club's chairman Daniel Levy's stance over the protracted Luka Modric transfer saga.

Chelsea have seen bids of £22 million and £27 million for the star midfielder rejected by Spurs, with Levy reiterating the player, who has five years left to run on his contract, will not be allowed to leave White Hart Lane.

Modric has publicly stated his desire to leave for Stamford Bridge, but the 25-year-old has flown with the travelling squad for Spurs' pre-season tour of South Africa after seeing a written transfer request turned down by manager Harry Redknapp.

With Spurs missing out on a top-four finish last season, Dawson says it is imperative the club keep hold of their star performers and supported Levy's position.

"There's always going to be rumours," he told Sky Sports News. "From the team's point of view you want to keep your best players and the chairman has come out and said he's going to keep him and that's great. It's great for the football club."

Spurs enjoyed a captivating campaign in Europe last term, making it into the Champions League quarter finals for the first time, and Dawson says the priority is to strengthen the squad in order to return to Europe's premier tournament.

"We are striving to get into the top four next season; our aim is to be back there again," he said. "You always want to try and improve and strengthen the squad, it's a top squad but you always want to freshen things up."

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