Selling Dawson not a gamble - AVB

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Manager Andre Villas-Boas insists Tottenham will be able to survive without Michael Dawson should the England defender leave White Hart Lane.

Villas-Boas stunned many Spurs fans this week when he accepted an offer from QPR for the Tottenham club captain.

"I don't think it's a gamble," Villas-Boas said. "We have four good players, it's already enough."

He added: "We have Steven Caulker, who went through a fantastic Olympics and has gone into the national team in England, we have William Gallas, an experienced central defender with Premier League titles and World Cup titles, Younes Kaboul is a French international and Jan Vertonghen is a Belgian international."

A move to Loftus Road appears now to be in doubt for Dawson after the Portuguese manager admitted that the former Nottingham Forest man had failed to reach an agreement with the west London club, although there is still time for the likes of Sunderland and Stoke to firm up their interest in the 28-year-old.

Villas-Boas left Dawson out of the squad that travelled to Newcastle last week, effectively making him fifth choice centre-back behind Younes Kaboul, Jan Vertonghen, William Gallas and Steven Caulker.

But Villas-Boas stressed he is not determined to sell Dawson, but should the defender leave, he insists he has no need to replace him as he has enough confidence in the other centre-backs within his squad.

"Dawson is an excellent leader of this dressing room, an excellent player, an English international," he said.

"When I spoke to the player we had a good conversation because Michael has, obviously, high expectations to play.

"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. I don't know how it happens."

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