Jose Mourinho reveals why Danny Rose wanted to leave Tottenham in January

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Tottenham Hotspur’s Danny Rose has now joined Newcastle United on loan until the end of the season, as the left-back has only 18-months remaining on his Spurs contract.

Rose had been frozen out of the side in recent weeks, not making a matchday squad in any of the last five games since reports emerged that he and Jose Mourinho had fallen out (Daily Mail).

Danny is Tottenham’s current longest-serving senior player, having joined from Leeds United 13 years ago, playing across ten senior seasons for the Lilywhites.

The left-back revealed last year that he would not be leaving Tottenham and intended to see out his contract before leaving on a free transfer (Telegraph).

However, the defender has now left on a temporary basis. Jose Mourinho has now revealed that Rose wanted to be playing every game as an experienced left-back, which is why he felt motivated to leave the club.

Mourinho said (Football London): “Danny Rose has a contract with the club and I think it is more a question of a player of 30 years old, 29, that wants to play every game and was not playing every game and had the chance of a manager in the club that he likes and he feels motivated to go.”

Spurs Web Opinion:

I suspect that Rose and Mourinho did have a falling out, but also that Danny is trying to make the England Euros squad for what will likely be his last major tournament with his country.

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  1. In many ways Danny has been at odds with THFC ever since he proclaimed an interest in moving on a couple of seasons back. And whilst a left back of undoubted quality since coming back from long term injury his level of consistency and perhaps even motivation has wavered. As the longest serving player at Spurs his frustration at not being given regular appearances is perhaps understandable even if form is somewhat erratic, so his loan spell to Newcastle may just what he needs to rediscover his best form whilst best serving all parties concerned. I hope it works out for him because at his very best, he is undoubtedly one of the top left backs around.


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