Tottenham defender Danny Rose has spoken of his desire to win silverware and be paid a higher wage in an eyebrow-raising interview.
In a frank and open discourse with the Sun, the one-time Leeds player said he is running out of time and does not want to have a 15-year career behind him with nothing to show for.
The 27-year-old also referenced his predilection to playing in Northern England, all though did not state that this was an imminent move for the Leeds-born player.
“Yes I’ve got team-mates who have moved away from families in South Korea and Argentina, but I have been away for over ten years now and I don’t get to see my mum that often.
“I am going to make it my priority before I retire to play football up there.
“My short-term focus is to get back to playing like last year and if I do that the long-term will take care of itself.
“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.”
Rose said he is not motivated by money but made the point that he should not be in a position either, where he should have to settle for less. He also had some strong words regarding Spurs’ transfer policy, especially relative to rivals Manchester City and Manchester United:
“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.
“There are three weeks to go until the window shuts and you look at Man City and think, ‘If the window shut now they would be happy with the business they have done’.
“Man United, more or less, are there — although I hear Mourinho may want one or two more players — but I am sure he’d be happy with his squad.
“As a Tottenham player I’d love to see more signings. It would lift me seeing a top player come through the door.”
“I’ve seen a couple of players previously saying, ‘We don’t need a top signing or signings’. But I am sorry, I am not singing off the same hymn-sheet on that one.”
The report references the good relationship that Rose has with current Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino and that the Argentinian has aided the development of his game. That said, the England international does not feel that he is being paid what he is worth in terms of wages:
“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.”
Rose was pivotal in Spurs second-place finish last season, in which they had a particularly robust home record, winning seventeen, drawing two and not losing at White Hart Lane. They also had the best defensive record, conceding seven goals less than Premier League champions Chelsea, as well as the best overall goal difference.
If the temporary move to Wembley is a necessary distraction, Spurs fans will be hoping Rose is in a position to aide the sides push for Champions League qualification for a third successive season.
Brian Strahan, Pundit Arena
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