The relationship between Mauricio Pochettino and Danny Rose soured after the player approached the Spurs boss to discuss his future back in January, according to The London Evening Standard.
The Tottenham left-back is taking flak following an interview he set up with The Sun newspaper in which he criticised his current employers.
Rose claimed he is eager to move back to the north in a bid to win trophies while he is still at his peak.
He also hit out at Spurs’ transfer policy, saying the club should be working to sign established targets rather than lesser known players.
On top of that, the 27-year-old suggested he could be earning a far better salary elsewhere.
The Standard claims Rose approached Pochettino about his concerns before he injured his knee in January following reported interest from Manchester United and Paris-Saint Germain. Rose was told to focus on his football until the end of the season.
It seems the defender is perturbed by number of things at Tottenham. The Standard believes Pochettino is willing to forgive and forget if Rose was “simply airing his frustrations” and “remains committed to Tottenham”.
That said, the story also reveals Pochettino’s relationship with Rose “lacks the warmth it once had”.
If Rose is angling for a move, his plan could easily back fire. The timing of the interview — three days before the season begins — is strange to say the least.