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.
Christian Eriksen happy at Tottenham, as national coach suggests he’s ready for move
Age Hareide believes Eriksen is ready to play for Barcelona or Real Madrid.
Christian Eriksen has been in fine form for Tottenham Hotspur this season. The Danish international has maintained his role as fan favourite and first-team regular with sublime performances in the attacking midfield role.
Such form obviously has him attracting interest. In the past there have been rumblings of a potential exit. Real Madrid and Barcelona are two teams that would obviously love someone of Eriksen’s immense talent.
One person who feels Eriksen is up for the move is his national team boss Age Hareide. Speaking in the Danish press this week the Norwegian claimed Eriksen is better than Luka Modric was when he left for Madrid in 2012. As quoted by TV2/FYN Hareide was clear Eriksen has what it takes to play for both sides, but can see why he might stay at Spurs:
“He is ready to take one step more.
“I think he is a type that can adapt to anything. Give him a ball, then the ball will speak for him wherever he is. Christian is a type that just gets better from dealing with better football players.
“Looking at the players that play central to Real Madrid and Barcelona, ??none of those who are better than Christian.
“Luka Modric came from Tottenham to Real Madrid, and he was not as good as Christian.
“He has gone through a fantastic development during Mauricio Pochettino in Tottenham. It is a team that plays very nice football, and as we are also inspired by.
“Now, Tottenham gets a new stadium, so why should he not continue in London?”
Tottenham fans will immediately be concerned about such talk. Eriksen is undoubtedly a key player and they know such a move could always be on the cards for the midfield maestro.
Whilst away on international duty players are often linked with moves away from clubs. It is often down to slow news back home. But also, players have time to reflect when away with their country. If Hareide is talking up Eriksen this way in the press, Tottenham fans will hope he isn’t in the dressing room.
But in reality, Hareide should and will want Eriksen to remain at Spurs. A move to Real or Barca brings inherent risks of benchwarming – something he will never do at Spurs.
Eriksen also spoke to TV2/FYN this week, ahead of Denmark’s friendly clashes with Panama and Chile and made it clear he is happy at Tottenham Hotspur. He did however mention a desire for trophies:
“To be honest, I do not give a change of mind any thought. You have your dreams, but what’s realistic and going to happen, you see first when the offer is on the table.
“Right now, most are very happy to be in Tottenham, and I am too.
“I still think I can win something with Tottenham. Looking at where Tottenham is now compared to when I joined the club, people are now watching us as title candidates.
Spurs’ biggest challenge in the next year or so is to keep this group of players, and their manager, in North London.
The longer they go without winning a trophy an eventuality which sees the likes of Dele Alli, Harry Kane and even Mauricio Pochettino leaving becomes more and more likely.
Eriksen and co currently have their eyes on the FA Cup, with a semi-final tie against Manchester United upcoming.
Winning that competition may need to be the start of a run of silverware. Otherwise, Hareide’s prediction regarding Eriksen’s suitability to Barca and Real may be put to the test.
Could Fernando Llorente be Tottenham Hotspur’s secret weapon in Rodrigo pursuit?
Could Tottenham use the Spaniard as a sweetener in deal for Valencia forward?
Reports today have suggested that Tottenham Hotspur, Everton and Brighton and Hove Albion are all keeping tabs on Valencia striker Rodrigo.
Calciomercato claim Rodrigo is wanted by all three clubs who are looking to bolster their attacking options.
Tottenham have long been trying to add the perfect back-up to Harry Kane to their ranks. Both Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente have not quite lived up to the billing.
Rodrigo, who had a spell on loan at Bolton Wanderers earlier in his career, could be the man to fill the role. The report discloses his massive €120 million (£105.4 million) release clause, but that offers in the region of €40 million (£35 million) are expected.
For Spurs the Spaniard would be a brilliant signing. Rodrigo has scored 16 goals in 35 games this season and would be a welcome addition. But at the price being mentioned, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is unlikely to sign off on any deal.
Rodrigo is nowhere near prolific enough for Spurs, a traditionally careful club financially, to make a move of that magnitude.
But could they have another bargaining chip to help sweeten the deal, and take a chunk off the asking price?
If Rodrigo was to arrive at Spurs they would have little use for his countryman Llorente. The 33-year-old would therefore be surplus to requirements, but would surely be of interest to Valencia.
The Spaniard has an excellent record of scoring in the Spanish top-flight. Whilst not likely to take a massive amount off of any potential transfer, Spurs could easily persuade Valencia to shave off £10 million should they accept Llorente as part of any Rodrigo deal.
If Tottenham are going to make a move for the talented Valencia striker this summer, having Llorente in the squad could prove a massive bargaining tool in negotiations.
Is a Luke Shaw for Danny Rose swap deal a no-brainer transfer?
Shaw and Rose have both struggled at Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, respectively, this season.
It looks as though Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw will be leaving Old Trafford this summer. The BBC report the England international will seek an exit after his latest stinging criticism from Jose Mourinho.
Shaw has struggled to win over the Portuguese since Mourinho became United manager. Now it seems the end of the tether has been located and Shaw will make an exit. The 22-year-old, who cost a fee reported by the BBC to be in the region of £27 million in 2014, will not be short of suitors.
Despite his struggles at Manchester United since suffering a horror leg break, Shaw is considered one of the best young left-backs in the game.
The obvious solution should be clear and for Shaw certainly desired. A move to Tottenham Hotspur must be his wish.
Shaw came through the ranks at Southampton and became an England international under the coaching of Mauricio Pochettino. The pair had a special bond and Shaw has confirmed a desire to work with the Argentine again. He wrote in Guillem Balague’s book Brave New World: Inside Pochettino’s Spurs, as reported by Sky Sports:
“I do hope that I can play for him again one day. And I think he really wants me to play under him again.
“He used to call me his son, that’s how good our relationship was. I’ve had lots of ups and downs, but when I was with Pochettino it was only ever up, up, up.”
It is a similar relationship to the one many have suggested Pochettino had with his current Tottenham left-back Danny Rose. That relationship, however, has been in decline. After appearing to suggest he wanted a Spurs exit last summer, and after a battle with injury, Rose has become second-fiddle at Spurs to Welshman Ben Davies.
Rose, originally from Leeds, is known to eventually want a return north and Shaw will no doubt love a move south. There is an obvious solution on the cards here.
Manchester United would love to bring in Rose and finally fill their problem position of left-back. Shaw needs to leave Old Trafford for a fresh start to his career. Working under the man he once considered a father figure could be just what he needs.
Shaw to Tottenham and Rose to Manchester United seems a no-brainer. Time will tell if either move comes off for these two players searching for fresh impetus in their careers.
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