Spurs left-back Danny Rose has revealed in a sensational interview that he wants to finish his career up north and is expecting the club to strengthen this summer with “players you don’t have to Google”, as well as saying he “knows his worth” and expects a pay rise in his next contract offer from the club.
Spurs, who have not made a single signing during this transfer window and have seen Rose’s close friend and opposite full-back Kyle Walker leave the club to join Man City in a deal which saw him double his wages and become one of the most expensive defenders of all time, have insisted that signings will be made this summer.
The quotes have come as a huge surprise, considering Rose is thought to be one of Mauricio Pochettino’s favourite players, and could cause relations between the player and the club to become strained.
Read Rose’s quotes in full below;
“I am reaching my peak and have probably only got one big contract left in me,” the England defender told the Sun.
“Time is running out and I do want to win trophies. I don’t want to play football for 15 years and not have one trophy or one medal.
“I will say this too, I will play up north. I don’t know exactly when but I will get back up north and play some football somewhere. I have been away for over 10 years now and I don’t get to see my mum that often.
“I’m not saying I want out, but if something came to me that was concrete, I’d have no qualms about voicing my opinions to anyone at the club.”
Rose revealed he hopes Spurs make a couple of signings – “not players you have to Google and say, ‘Who’s that?’ I mean well-known players” – and called Walker’s departure “a big blow”.
The defender also expects a pay rise when he negotiates his next contract.
He added: “I know my worth and I will make sure I get what I am worth. I don’t know how much longer I might have at this level.
“Anyone who thinks this is primarily for money, that is not the case. But I know what I am worth.”
There is absolutely no doubt that the sale of Kyle Walker has changed the mindset of how a lot of the players at the club feel about the progress of where we are heading. To see Walker leave and double/triple his wages must be a bitter pill to swallow for a squad who are going places and are arguably being underpaid for it.
Look at Alli and Kane for example. Both of which are reportedly earning under £100,000 per week at the moment. Were they to move clubs, there is absolutely no doubt that they would command at least double that in the current transfer market. Rose has every right to ask to be paid what he is worth, but there are ways of doing it. Giving a secret interview to a tabloid newspaper in the way that he has shows no respect to the club, or the manager who has turned him in to one of the best full-backs in Europe.
I struggle to see where Rose goes from here at Spurs. Levy is running a tight ship with regards to a wage structure and if he breaks that for one player, he’ll need to break it for everyone. If the club choose to sell him, then there’s no doubt they’d get the same they got for Walker, given the attributes that Rose has. The quotes, in my opinion, make me think he’s not the only one at the club who feel that way. Spurs are at a pivotal point in their development and transition as they head in to the new season. It is imperative that we strengthen the playing side of the squad – not just to appease fans, but to appease the players as well. With Rose’s quotes, it seems as if the players theirselves are now worried about the current squad not being strong enough to challenge for major honours this year and beyond.
It’s a massive development at a critical time of the season, even so early on.
I struggle to see how Rose can continue as a Spurs player and I now expect to see him at a different club by the end of August.