Tottenham Hotspur’s Danny Rose has spoken out about his desire to leave White Hart Lane in a bid to win trophies, hinting towards a move ‘up north’ at some point in his career.
The Englishman burst on the world scene back in 2010 with a sumptuous goal on his debut against Arsenal aged just 19 and became a regular at Spurs from 2013 onwards. He enjoyed a brilliant start to the 2016/17 campaign before suffering a season-ending knee ligament injury against Sunderland in January.
Manchester United, as reported yesterday, want to make two more signings this summer in the form of a winger and left back to serve as cover for Matteo Darmian and provide a more attacking dynamic going forward to compliment Antonio Valencia on the other side. They have pin-pointed Rose as a potential option but have been wary of Spurs’ aversion to losing another big player after Kyle Walker joined Manchester City. Their attempt to sign Eric Dier – Mourinho’s primary midfield target – was a fruitless expedition, for example, with the North London side refusing to even consider a £50m bid.
And Rose, speaking to the Sun, made it clear that he would not spend the entirety of his career failing to win trophies at Spurs, insisting that he would consider any concrete offer sent his way.
“I am reaching my peak and have probably only got one big contract left in me,” he said.
“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 have been away for over 10 years now and I don’t get to see my mum that often.
“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.”
The frustration in Rose’s tone is evident. Spurs’ ‘keep the pressure on’ rhetoric of last season and failure to sign any players whatsoever this summer (they are the only Premier League side not to do so) is tantamount with a lack of ambition in Rose’s eyes. When asked what players he would like to see Mauricio Pochettino sign, for instance, he noted: “not players you have to Google and say, ‘Who’s that?’ I mean well-known players
He wants to win trophies and, at 27, may feel as if the clock is ticking. United ought to seriously consider tabling an offer that Spurs will find hard to refuse over the next few weeks.