Danny Rose and Mousa Dembele have all but confirmed they will stay at Tottenham beyond the closure of the European transfer window this weekend.
Both players had been expected to leave Spurs over the summer. Rose fell out of favour last season after giving a controversial interview in which he criticised the club’s wage structure and ambition in the transfer market, while Dembele has entered the final year of his contract.
However, Mauricio Pochettino included Rose and Dembele in his starting line-up for Monday night’s 3-0 win at Manchester United. Since then Rose has revealed he expects to remain at the club “past Friday”, and Dembele has tweeted – as seen below– to thank Tottenham fans for their support “so far” during his six years in north London.
— Mousa Dembélé (@mousadembele) August 29, 2018
Rose told the London Evening Standard: “I’m good. I’m not listening to the speculation about my future. If I’m here past Friday, which I’m expecting to be, it will be great. I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve at the end of the season.
“Me and the manager have had a conversation [about my future] over the phone, as well as two one-hour meetings over the last couple of weeks. We’re both aware of the situation.”
The left-back also admitted he was surprised when he found out he would be starting against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
“On Sunday, I was nervous to see if I was going to be in the squad [for United] and I really didn’t see myself playing,” Rose added.
“I was so shocked in the meeting before we arrived [at Old Trafford]. I thought there was going to be a change but never did I think that it was going to be me coming in. I’m over the moon that I was able to be part of it.”
Some Spurs fans will continue to bemoan the club’s lack of summer signings, but keeping Rose, Dembele and Toby Alderweireld is undeniably a huge boost to the squad.