Danny Mills claims that player engineered his own exit from Tottenham

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Former Leeds United defender Danny Mills has claimed that Danny Rose has no one to blame but himself for his fall from grace at Spurs.

Rose moved to Tottenham from Leeds when he was just 17 and announced himself to the White Hart Lane faithful with a stunning debut goal in the North London Derby in 2010.

After spending time on loan at Watford, Peterborough, Bristol City and Sunderland, the left back finally established himself as the first choice at Tottenham and went on to gain a reputation as one of the best in the league under Mauricio Pochettino.

The defender’s relationship with the fans started to sour starting following an interview he gave to The Sun in 2017 in which he threatened to leave unless the club handed him a better contract and looked to recruit top players.

Following a series of injuries, the defender never quite managed to get back to his best at Tottenham over the past two seasons.

However, the defender continued to give relatively damning interviews and even insisted earlier this season that he was not going to leave until his contract expired in the summer of 2021 (Evening Standard).

There were also reports suggesting that the defender clashed with Jose Mourinho over not being selected for a Premier League game against Watford last month (Daily Mail).

With the England international now shipped out on loan to Newcastle, Mills feels Rose engineered the transfer as knew he had to play games to make Gareth Southgate’s squad for the Euros.

Speaking about Rose’s move to Tyneside, Mills told Football Insider: “I think a lot of that was instigated by Danny Rose, he knows that he’s still in and around the England squad – that left-back position is between him and Chilwell and he needs to play.”

“It was quite apparent that for whatever reason, maybe through some of his own doing – saying that he didn’t really want to be at Tottenham, he wasn’t going to sign a contract extension – he’d been left out of the side.

“I think he knows himself he needs to play football.”

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I genuinely thought towards the end of last season that Rose was slowly getting back to his best and hoped that he would shine this campaign and sign a new deal. However, he has looked poor in the matches that he’s played and there was a real concern that he might become a negative influence in the dressing room. So with Tanganga’s emergence, sending him out on loan was an easy decision.

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