Danny Rose has given a sensational interview to The Sun in which he did not hold back, living up to his opening line in which he said:
“I am opinionated and I might not have long left in football. One thing is for sure, for the rest of this career, I will play this game how I want to play it and, while I am not going to disrespect anyone, I am going to voice my opinions.”
The Tottenham left-back has been linked with Manchester United and Chelsea by Sky Sports and fueled speculation by seeming to suggest that he is underpaid by Tottenham. Reportedly earning £65,000 a week, the England international hit out at his club as he said:
“One thing is for sure — I know my worth and I will make sure I get what I am worth. I am not playing as well as I have done not to get paid what I think I am worth. In any walk of life, if you think you are worth a certain amount, why settle for less? I am not that person. If I get to levels I reached last season — and this goes out to everybody — I will make sure I get what I am worth. I don’t know how much longer I might have at this level. I’m not going to be stupid enough not to try and get the most out of it — medals, trophies and salary. Anyone who thinks this is primarily for money, that is not the case. But I know what I am worth.”
However, he is not alone. Tottenham are known to play slightly less than many of their top four counterparts, as The London Evening Standard explained. Rose appeared to suggest that his team-mates are also being underpaid, which will surely go down badly with Daniel Levy and other club bosses coming not long after Kyle Walker departed for Manchester City. Rose said:
“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.”
There may be hope for Mauricio Pochettino and co. that they can convince Rose to remain at Wembley though. The 27-year-old has expressed his desire to win trophies. Despite being named in the PFA Team of the Year for the past two seasons, Rose has never won a trophy with his team and will be aware that he needs to do so sooner rather than later.
The sale of players like Walker are unlikely to show the kind of ambition that Rose is looking for. With giants like United and Chelsea, who both won major trophies last season, sniffing around, he may need to move on if Pochettino cannot bring silverware to north London in the near future. Rose explained:
“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.”
However, it’s clear what they need to do immediately to please Rose. He also told The Sun that the club needed to act quickly to make some ambitious signings, having failed to make a single signing to date this summer. With pressure mounting on club bosses to make additions, Rose only added to that as 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. Under Harry Redknapp we signed Rafa van der Vaart. It was like, ‘Wow, how did he do that?’ 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… I’m just not buying the idea that we don’t need anyone.”
Where Rose will be come September remains to be seen. It seems that he is clearly not entirely happy at the club, but it may just be a ploy in order to earn a new contract with higher wages. With two Premier League giants keen to take him away from Wembley, they may look to pounce, and if these quotes upset the likes of Levy, they may be prepared to negotiate an exit for the left-back.