This morning, many Tottenham fans are waking up to some rather unexpected Danny Rose quotes.
The defender set up an interview with The Sun to voice some of his opinions on Spurs and how he is valued by the club.
On his and the club’s lack of silverware, he said…
“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.
On a potential return to the north, he said…
“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.
“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 wages and self-value, he said…
“One thing is for sure — I know my worth and I will make sure I get what I am worth.
“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 his pre-Pochettino days at Spurs, he said…
“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.”
On the club’s transfer policy, he said…
“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.
“I mean signings like that are what we need — that’s just my opinion.
“As a Tottenham player I’d love to see more signings. It would lift me seeing a top player come through the door.
“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… I definitely feel we need to bolster the squad.”
“But hearing Ross Barkley 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. I 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.”
Here’s how fans, journalists and former players reacted to the quotes on Twitter…
Rose has been my favourite player for these last few years and 90% of what he’s said is facts but the way he’s gone about it is disgraceful.
— Jake. (@YedIin) August 10, 2017
If Danny Rose wants out don’t blame Danny Rose. Spurs fans need to look at the ambition of their chairman. That’s the real culprit.
— Ben Fairthorne (@BFairthorne) August 9, 2017
Rose refers to the stick he got from Spurs fans earlier in his career at the club. He’s mentioned that to us before. Always stuck with him.
— Alasdair Gold (@AlasdairGold) August 9, 2017
WTF is Danny Rose thinking!!
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) August 10, 2017
Imagine walking into the training ground having not been fit for months and months . Morning lads!!
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) August 10, 2017
If I done a interview like that 2 days before the season started Maxi miller and Stevie P would have been having more than words with me
— Graham Roberts (@GrahamRoberts4) August 10, 2017
Disgusting article by Danny Rose @TheSun . Unprofessional and totally ungrateful . It’s demoralising and disappointing. Chuck him out
— Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) August 10, 2017
The timing of the Danny Rose interview is the worst thing. Not played for 6 months and undermines club/manager on eve of the season. Idiot.
— Greg Stobart (@gstobart) August 10, 2017
Danny Rose is 100% spot on and is right to speak out. The club deserve to be called out. Show some ambition and players will want to stay.
— Bat Spur (@Batshpur) August 10, 2017
I’m sure Walker had the same thoughts that Rose has, but did he go & speak to a paper? There are just some things you keep in the house.
— Spurs In The Blood (@SpursInTheBlood) August 10, 2017
#thfc Incidentally, this is the problem with the ‘Kyle wanted to move back up north’ explanation for selling him. Rose now using same line.
— Ben Pearce (@BenPearceSpurs) August 10, 2017
Whatever you think of the whole Danny Rose thing, the thing that’s most annoying is the timing. Why now, 3 days before our first game
— Dave Cheevers (@dcheevers89) August 10, 2017
Whatever happens with Rose, we absolutely can’t sell him now. Would be so weak. That awful interview will prove counter-productive
— Tom Edwards (@tomedwards) August 10, 2017
— Ricky Sacks ? (@RickSpur) August 10, 2017
Its Mauricio I feel for. Players you moulded & managed into two of the best in their position & both metaphorically stick their fingers up ?
— Zoe Pearson (@Z_PearsonTHFC) August 10, 2017
Danny Rose quotes are disgusting, you don’t say that days before a season starts. No one is bigger than the club, lost all respect for him.
— Sophie England (@SophieThfc10) August 10, 2017
I hope Danny Rose’s interview is the elaborate precursor to a video where Spurs announce a new signing via him Googling their name.
— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) August 10, 2017
Whatever you think of the timing of Danny Rose’s comments, the reality is that plenty of his Spurs team-mates would agree with him.
— Jack Pitt-Brooke (@JackPittBrooke) August 10, 2017
‘I am not saying I want to leave but let me just demand a bunch of things I know the club can’t deliver on…’
— Alan (@LaptopManager_) August 10, 2017
The parts of the Rose interview that could be deemed disrespectful are Google and lack of depth. For the rest, he's saying what he thinks.
— Tom Collomosse (@TomCStandard) August 10, 2017