Danny Rose has given an interview with The Sun in which he has sent a warning to Tottenham Hotspur over their ambition in the transfer market and suggested he could be open to a transfer to one of the Manchester clubs after indicating a desire to return north.
The Spurs left-back’s explosive 1,567-word interview included demands to sign world-class players, why he was gutted that Kyle Walker left the club and why he feels Spurs will lag behind the Premier League big boys unless they spend significant money in the remainder of the transfer window.
Here is is in full.
On what Spurs need to do in the transfer window
“I am not saying buy ten players, I’d love to see two or three – and not players you have to Google and say, ‘Who’s that?’ I mean well-known players.”
On making world-class signings
“Under Harry Redknapp we signed Rafa van der Vaart. It was like, ‘Wow, how did he do that?’
“I mean signings like that are what we need – that’s just my opinion.
“There are three weeks to go until the window shuts and you look at Man City and think, ‘If the window shut now they would be happy with the business they have done’.
“Man United, more or less, are there – although I hear Mourinho may want one or two more players – but I am sure he’d be happy with his squad.
“As a Tottenham player I’d love to see more signings. It would lift me seeing a top player come through the door.
“I’ve seen a couple of players previously saying, ‘We don’t need a top signing or signings’. But I am sorry, I am not singing off the same hymn-sheet on that one.
“I think we do need one or two top signings to strengthen the squad. I’m just not buying the idea that we don’t need anyone.”
On not having the same depth as their title rivals
“I know it was only pre-season but I watched the game against Man City and I was just in awe of City.
“They only had Kyle Walker, Danilo and the goalkeeper Ederson out of the players they’ve just bought.
“Speaking to some lads when they got back, they’re saying: ‘City are taking off £200million and then they are bringing on Aguero, Toure and Sane’. That just speaks volumes to me.
“Anyone who says we don’t need any signings, I’m not buying into that.
“As a starting 11 we have one of the best in the league, without a shadow of a doubt, but after that…
“We played Chelsea in the Cup semi – Costa, Hazard and Cahill didn’t play.
“After 60 minutes, Conte has brought on Fabregas, Hazard and Costa and they’ve changed the match.
“I thought to myself, ‘Could we ever afford to play against a top team and afford to have Harry Kane, Dele Alli and a top centre-back not playing?’
“No disrespect to anyone but I don’t think we could do that and Chelsea did that to us. They’re still in the game, they bring on Costa, Hazard and Fabregas and they won.
“I definitely feel we need to bolster the squad.
“Under Harry, there were two Premier League-class players for every position. We are finishing even higher under Mauricio but we don’t have that depth now.
“The standard of training when there’s that much quality is amazing. I have competition for my place but why shouldn’t everyone have competition for their places?
“Top-class competition where, if you have two average games, you might lose your place. I have that and I don’t see why anyone else shouldn’t.
“I want world-class players to come through the front door to make you fight for your place.”
On bringing Ross Barkley to the club
“Mauricio is a world-class manager and I can only voice my opinion – as a Tottenham ‘fan’ for the last six months.
“But hearing Ross might be available, well, I have played with and against Ross and bringing him through the door, in itself, would be a huge boost.
“I’m a huge fan. In terms of physical stature, right and left foot and trying to get him off the ball, he’s like Mousa Dembele. If Ross wants to push on to the next level, Mauricio Pochettino is the best manager to do that – just look how many players he has got into the England squad.”
On his reaction to Kyle Walker leaving the club
“Kyle leaving has been a big blow to me because when I play I am going into battle and when I am playing against the top people, I look over to Kyle and I fully expect Kyle to get the better of anybody.
“He was, and is, the best right-back in the league and seeing him sold to a title favourite and rival was hard.
“I wouldn’t expect Daniel Levy to tell me how to play football – we get on really well and he runs the club brilliantly – so I am not going to tell him how to run his club.
“But I didn’t want to see Kyle sold. I wish him all the best and he deserves what he is earning. City will win a trophy this season and he deserves to be part of that.
“I knew Kyle may have been moving at the end of last season and I did voice my view. ‘Try to keep him, he’s the best, why would we sell him?’ – I said that to the manager.
“But I’ve seen the manager say he feels Tottenham had the best of him and if that is what he feels, I fully respect the judgement of the manager and Daniel Levy.
“We do have a perfect replacement in Kieran Trippier. His crossing ability is the best I have played with and, as a person, he is one of the nicest I’ve ever come across.
“He looks like he’ll be Tottenham’s No 1 right-back. He deserves it and can flourish.”
On being candid in interviews
“I am opinionated and I might not have long left in football.
“One thing is for sure, for the rest of this career, I will play this game how I want to play it and, while I am not going to disrespect anyone, I am going to voice my opinions.”
On where he sees his future
“At my age, and having missed six months with injury, I have been thinking about this quite a lot.
“I am reaching my peak and have probably only got one big contract left in me.
“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.
“Sorry, that’s not what I am about. I wouldn’t be happy with that. I want to win something.
“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 moved away from home (from Leeds to Spurs) at 16.
“Yes I’ve got team-mates who have moved away from families in South Korea and Argentina, but I have been away for over ten years now and I don’t get to see my mum that often.
“I am going to make it my priority before I retire to play football up there.
“My short-term focus is to get back to playing like last year and if I do that the long-term will take care of itself.
“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.”
On his injury
“Being injured has harmed me on and off the field in a lot of ways.
“When you’re injured you get a lot of time to think and I’ve had a lot of ‘what if?’ moments. It’s been hard to deal with.
“One thing is for sure – I know my worth and I will make sure I get what I am worth.
“I am not playing as well as I have done not to get paid what I think I am worth.
“In any walk of life, if you think you are worth a certain amount, why settle for less? I am not that person.
“If I get to levels I reached last season – and this goes out to everybody – I will make sure I get what I am worth. I don’t know how much longer I might have at this level. I’m not going to be stupid enough not to try and get the most out of it – medals, trophies and salary.
“Anyone who thinks this is primarily for money, that is not the case. But I know what I am worth.
“As with everyone else in my team, in my opinion, I am worth more than I am getting.
“I am not speaking on behalf of other players, but that is my view.”
On the comments he received from Spurs fans before Mauricio Pochettino arrived
“People speak about me and to me as if I had two left feet before Mauricio came to the club.
“But I want people to understand that having one average season, as I’d had, doesn’t make you a bad player. You need to distinguish that.
“I don’t usually blow my own trumpet, but I was a good player before the manager came. I am an even better one now and he has helped me become more consistent.
“But don’t ever speak about me as if I had two left feet before he arrived. I am not having that. I’ll never forget how some fans treated me when I signed a contract.
“I have been desperate to get that on record and I hope people read about my mindset on that one.
“I am happy at Tottenham, I love my team-mates and the fans have been great for the last three years.
“But I got a lot of stick before Mauricio came to the club. I’ll never forget some of the things they were saying about me.
“Now I want to win things and I want to be in the starting 11 at the World Cup with England. If I have a good season, these things will sort themselves out.”