Rose Interview: Full Transcript

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Here you can find Danny Rose’s full interview with The Sun, where the left-back talked wages, transfer business and his future at the club.

Rose opened the interview with a few bold statements explaining that given his age and time left in the sport, he was going to voice his opinion no matter what. 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.”

Rose on his career and aspirations:

“At my age, and having missed six months with injury, I have been thinking about this quite a lot. I am reaching my peak and have probably only got one big contract left in me.”

“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.”

Rose on moving North:

“I will say this too — I will play up north. I don’t know exactly when, but I will get back up north and play some football somewhere. I moved away from home [from Leeds to Spurs] at 16.”

“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.”

Rose on leaving Spurs and wages:

“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.”

“Being injured has harmed me on and off the field in a lot of ways. When you’re injured you get a lot of time to think and I’ve had a lot of ‘what if?’ moments. It’s been hard to deal with.”

“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.”

“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.”

Rose on his football pre-Pochettino:

“People speak about me and to me as if I had two left feet before Mauricio came to the club. But I want people to understand that having one average season, as I’d had, doesn’t make you a bad player. You need to distinguish that.”

“I don’t usually blow my own trumpet, but I was a good player before the manager came. I am an even better one now and he has helped me become more consistent.”

“But don’t ever speak about me as if I had two left feet before he arrived. I am not having that. I’ll never forget how some fans treated me when I signed a contract.”

“I have been desperate to get that on record and I hope people read about my mindset on that one. I am happy at Tottenham, I love my team-mates and the fans have been great for the last three years.”

“But I got a lot of stick before Mauricio came to the club. I’ll never forget some of the things they were saying about me.”

“Now I want to win things and I want to be in the starting 11 at the World Cup with England. If I have a good season, these things will sort themselves out.”

Rose on Spurs’ transfer business:

“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.”

“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’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.”

“I think we do need one or two top signings to strengthen the squad. I’m just not buying the idea that we don’t need anyone.”

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  1. cant agree more with the lad.. frustrated that we haven’t kicked on from last season and content on sitting back thinking… THINKING that we are the bollocks, individualy we are average, as a team when we click we are world beaters, we need to add 2-3 top players just to keep up with the team that have reinforced their teams, tight, frugal, levi call him what you want but he needs to spend for now not the future


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