Danny Rose has claimed he didn’t get enough chances at Tottenham Hotspur following the arrival of Jose Mourinho – and the Portuguese has now reacted to the comments.
In the eyes of Rose, who is now spending the rest of the season on loan at Newcastle United, he wasn’t given as much of an opportunity as the other defenders in the squad.
Before leaving for St. James’, Rose made just one league start under Mourinho and six appearances in total.
The ex-Leeds United youngster said (Daily Mail): “I knew after a month I was never going to play. It was difficult going out to train knowing I wasn’t going to play.
“I do feel I wasn’t given as much of a chance as everybody else in the backline. I did want to play for him.”
In his Friday press conference, Mourinho rejected Rose’s claim. He shot back: “He played against Liverpool, he played against Olympiacos, probably the two more important matches we had to play, and against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
“So even for Danny Rose it was a great opportunity to play three matches and show me what he’s capable to do.”
TBR’s view – Summer exit likely?
It would not be a surprise to see Rose leave Spurs permanently in the summer.
His contract is up in the summer of 2021, but it just feels as though he is reaching the end of his time with the north Londoners.
He has long been past his best, and Mourinho using him sparingly perhaps indicates he’d be prepared to lose him.
Rose, on £60,000-a-week at Tottenham (Spotrac), has never been one to bite his tongue, and with the egotistical Mourinho at the helm, that kind of personality has the potential to make life difficult.