Captain Michael Dawson says he is very lucky to play with the 23-year-old, adding that the Welshman is no different now than he was last season

Tottenham players are convinced Gareth Bale will be playing alongside them next season.

Bale, 23, was among four stars used to promote and model the club’s new kit yesterday.

The Footballer of the Year is set to remain in the capital for the coming campaign with Spurs adamant they will not sell to Real Madrid at any price.

Spurs captain Michael Dawson believes that – far from walking out on the club for Madrid – the Welsh wizard will actually attract players to White Hart Lane.

Dawson said: “Gareth is known worldwide. I’m very lucky to play with him. The kind of goals I’ve seen him score, winning us games... brilliant.

“Last year, some of the goals he scored to help win us football matches were unbelievable.


Striving for the best: Dawson says Bale is no different to when he was a 17-year-old
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“He’s a top guy. He’s here to do well, like all of us. Like the manager, like the staff at the football club, we’re striving to be successful for this club.

“I remember him coming in as a 17-year-old. He’s not changed, he’s a top guy, he’s got a great family around him.

“He’s one of the boys – the lads love having him around. Someone as good as him, you certainly want to keep him.

“You see him today, he is as I remember him coming in.


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“It hasn’t always been easy since he signed. He was out of the team, like myself, but the boy is world class.

“And if we keep bringing players in, it is only going to make us better as a squad. That is what we want to do.”

Bale hit 26 goals last season to lift the Football Writers’ Player of the Year award, the PFA *equivalent, the corresponding award from sponsors Barclays and Tottenham’s Player of the Year gong too.

He and Dawson were joined on promotional duty yesterday by keeper Brad Friedel and England striker Jermain Defoe.

Defoe said: “It’s important that Gareth stays. This year, we want a great season and we want to get into the Champions League and to do that you’ve got to keep your best players.

“What Gareth did here last year was unbelievable when you look at the amount of goals he scored.

“At times he was playing out of position, up top or off the forward, and to show the composure he did in certain games when he was one-on-one with the keeper was outstanding.

“He’s a special player. You want to keep your top players.”

Atletico steal the keys to AVB's Spanish Villa
Andre Villas-Boas is set to miss out on one of his top targets with David Villa heading to Atletico Madrid for just £4.4million.

Mirror Sport revealed yesterday that Spurs were confident of landing the 31-year-old Barcelona striker this week.

But with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy haggling over a fee, Atletico swooped for the Spanish star to replace Radamel Falcao.