Tottenham Hotspur defender Danny Rose has hit back at critics of his and suggested that he does not need to prove himself to anybody.
The 29-year-old was expected to leave Spurs during the summer after being left out of the club’s pre-season tour to Asia.
Rose has admitted that he was not sure about whether he would stay in North London beyond the summer as Tottenham tend to move on players once they are approaching 30.
“I don’t need to prove myself to anybody,” Rose said as quoted by The Mirror.
“You look at last season – I played in the quarter-final of the Champions League, I played in the semi-finals of Champions League, I played in the final.
“So I’ve got a manager there who believes in me. Then if you look at international I’ve got a manager that whenever I’ve been available for selection I’ve been chosen.
“He fully believes in me and I’m very grateful. I don’t feel I’ve got anything to prove to anybody and I feel as if I’ve done enough over the years to prove my worth.
“I obviously just want to repay everybody that’s shown faith in me and it’s been a great start to the campaign and I’m looking forward to what’s ahead.
“I guess I should be happy with maybe being up for sale and having started the first four games for Tottenham and the first England game of the campaign.”
Rose did not leave Spurs and has so far started all the Premier League games which his club has played this season.
He has also established himself firmly as England’s first-choice left-back option.
It remains to be seen whether Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino will opt to deploy Ryan Sessegnon in the left-back position once the youngster returns from injury.
The 19-year-old is regarded as one of the brightest up and coming talents in English football.
He does however still have a lot of flaws in his game. Tottenham need to play their best possible combinations right now as they have some catching up to do after having so far won just one out of their four Premier League games to date.
At the moment, Rose is the best possible candidate that they can field in the left-back position.
It remains to be seen whether Rose will remain at Tottenham for the long-term. However, even if he leaves, Pochettino will have a capable successor in Sessegnon who is expected to eventually blossom into a star.