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Head coach Andre Villas-Boas was on the verge of selling the defender to QPR in the summer but the move fell through, and now the 28-year-old wants to break back into the team

Tottenham defender Michael Dawson is confident he has a future at White Hart Lane despite almost leaving in the summer.

The 28-year-old was on the verge of joining QPR in August for around £9 million, but failed to agree personal terms and the move fell through.

Dawson has only made one appearance in the Premier League for Spurs this season, but the defender is staying patient and insists he will be ready to take his chance when the time comes.

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“The January transfer window is a long way away.” he told talkSPORT. “We’re only in October and there are loads of games coming up in the next 25 days.

“From a player’s point of view anything can happen. I’ve been in the position where I’ve been playing and got injured and someone has replaced me.

"I’m ready, training hard each day and when my chance comes, I’ll be ready to take the opportunity.”

Dawson has seen himself pushed down the pecking order at White Hart Lane, but started and scored in Tottenham’s 1-1 draw at Panathinaikos in the Europa League, and is determined to fight for his place.

“I love football and I always want to play,” he added. “Not being involved in the first game [against Newcastle] was tough and hard to take.

“With the players that we’ve got though you’ve got to earn the right to play. That’s something I’ve been doing on a regular basis, just keeping my head down and working hard.

“It was nice to get the Carling Cup and Europa League game and, hopefully, there’s many more to come. We’ve got top players and people are fighting for their position.”