Mauricio Pochettino has revealed Danny Rose did not react angrily when told he wouldn’t be playing against Arsenal last weekend.
Rose admitted he was “fuming” after being left out of the squad for the derby but refuted claims he had fallen out with Pochettino about it.
Speaking in his weekly press conference, the Tottenham managed elaborated on the situation.
“He never showed that feeling [of anger] to me,” said Pochettino. “That’s why it surprised me when you asked me about it, because the day before we had a conversation and he never showed me that he was angry.
“Of course he was disappointed, yes, because all the players always want to be involved in the game. I understand if after he was angry, like other players who do not play – and I like it when players feel that emotion because it looks like they’re interested in helping the team and want to play.
“He confirmed to you the other day that he was never upset or angry in front of me and never showed this emotion. He was normal, his behaviour.” (Quotes via HamHigh.co.uk.)
Pochettino was also asked about Rose’s long-term future at the club.
“I think it’s not a moment to talk about that,” he said. “All the players have contracts with us, they’re all involved in our project.
“The most important thing now is everyone needs to be involved and feel part of the project, and what is going to happen in the future we cannot guess – in different situations, not only him but with different players, staff and decisions from the club.
“It’s about arriving at the moment and taking the best decision for the club.”
Rose impressed during Spurs’ second half turn around against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night, but Ben Davies is likely to start against West Brom this weekend.