It looked increasingly likely that Danny Rose would leave Tottenham this summer, although key suitors Manchester United are said to have retracted interest interest as they prioritise strengthening other areas in the team, according to reports from the Mirror.
Now that the Red Devils have seemingly ended their pursuit, the 27-year-old must elevate his performance levels to ensure he is in contention for a regular starting position at Tottenham next term.
Rose suffered a severe knee ligament injury at the beginning of 2017, keeping him away from the pitch for a hefty nine month stint, before then missing a further six weeks receiving treatment from December 2017 – February 2018, due to a reoccurring problem in the same area.
He then sustained another knock a little over a month later, which saw him fail to register an appearance in April, by which point Welsh international Ben Davies had taken his place in the starting line-up.
Since, Rose has revealed his battle with depression, brought on by a combination of the injuries and family tragedy, in quotes via BBC Sport, while describing his time with the national side as his “salvation”.
And the upcoming weeks will be pivotal in deciding the next step of Rose’s career, with the World Cup commencing on Thursday. The defender will need to impress with the world’s eyes on him if he has ambitions of continuing to play at the top level, but again he will face stiff competition for his spot.
Ashley Young has emerged as a reliable left-back for both club and country this season, and is currently favourite to start at left-wing-back in the opening clash against Tunisia. Any chance Rose is given to play will have to be seized with both hands, because fail, and it looks as though his next club career step will be a backward one.