Long-term Spurs player reveals he turned down Chelsea before moving to North London

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Danny Rose may currently be on loan at Newcastle United, but he remains a Spurs player for the time being. The England man has now spent 12 years in North London with the Lilywhites.

Rose joined from Leeds United in 2007 and has since racked up 214 appearances and ten goals for Tottenham (Wikipedia).

The left-back was a key part of Spurs’ push for the Premier League in both 2015/16 and 2016/17, as well as helping them to the Champions League Final in 2019.

However, it could have been very different for the long-term Lilywhite if he had made a different decision back when he was just 15.

Rose has now revealed that he went to visit Chelsea’s training ground when he was 15-years-old, but did not ‘fancy’ a move to Stamford Bridge. The next year, he decided to sign for Tottenham and the rest is history.

The defender looked back on the decision during an Instagram interview with don.emusic this week (as relayed by Football London).

He said: “I started at Leeds when I was 11. I came to Tottenham at 16. When I joined Leeds I was pretty raw.

“I didn’t know about one-touch passing. It took me a couple of years to get to grips with everything and by the time I was 14 I was one of the best.

“I could have gone to Chelsea when I was 15, I went to the training ground but I didn’t fancy it and I chose Tottenham the year after.

“It was pretty daunting, I was nervous, I needed it. You know what 15-year-olds do when they are around their mates all the time. I needed to get away and I am glad I did.”

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