Tottenham Hotspur have been rocked by Danny Rose’s latest comments, with the Spurs left-back admitting that he wants to move back up north in the future and questioning the club’s lack of new signings over the summer.
In a frank interview with The Sun, the England international left-back has made a number of controversial comments that will surely not sit well with the club’s supporters or Mauricio Pochettino.
Rose has stated that he wants to be paid what he is worth and is interested in a move north.
“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 am going to make it my priority before I retire to play football up there. 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.
“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.”
Rose went on to state that Ross Barkley would be a good signing for Tottenham and that the club does not have sufficient strength in depth to compete with the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea.
This is not the first time this summer that the former Leeds United defender has been vocal in the media with controversial comments.
Rose was interviewed by BBC Sport a few months ago about his desire to win silverware – he stated that he believed some Spurs players would leave the club and spoke about the North London outfit’s wage structure.
The timing of the latest comments are less then ideal, as Tottenham are set to return to Premier League football this Sunday with a trip to face Newcastle United at St James’ Park.
Pochettino has taken Rose under his wing and made the left-back a much-better player in his time with the North London club.
However, the Spurs boss now has a real decision to make over the defender’s future, with the Argentine not accepting petulance from his players.
Pochettino was quick to get rid of Emmanuel Adebayor, Andros Townsend and Nabil Bentaleb once they started speaking out of turn or their personalities infringed on the Tottenham squad in a negative manner.
Kyle Walker’s attitude was perceived as a key reason that the Tottenham boss allowed the right-back to leave the London club for City earlier this summer – and Rose’s comments now put him in a difficult position.
While Kieran Trippier is an able deputy for Walker, it is fair to state that Ben Davies is not at a similar level to that of Rose.
However, talking out of line in such a negative fashion means that Pochettino has a real issue on his hands, with a tough decision now needed over the defender.