Gareth Bale saga casts shadow over Tottenham Hotspur ahead of opener

Despite the difficult circumstances, Spurs skipper Michael Dawson is determined to concentrate on making a solid start to the season and securing his club's first opening-day victory in four years.

updated: August 17, 2013 10:04 IST
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London: Gareth Bale's on-going transfer saga continues to cast a dark shadow over Tottenham as they prepare to kick off their Premier League campaign at Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has become restless at answering questions over the Welsh winger's mooted world-record move to Real Madrid as he looks to get the north London side off to a winning start against newly-promoted Palace.

A foot injury is set to rule Bale out of this week's fixture, but even in his absence the transfer rumblings threaten to prove a significant distraction until the transfer window shuts.

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