TalkSPORT say Danny Rose has hit back at suggestions of another bust-up with Mauricio Pochettino after the he was substituted against Apoel Nicosia on Wednesday.
Danny came off in the 70th minute at Wembley after a tussle with Apoel’s Roland Sallai left him needing stitches around the top of his left eye.
The article adds that after returning from nine months out with injury in October, he is desperate to regain fitness and his reaction to being withdrawn by marching straight down the tunnel raised a few eyebrows
It also adds however that he re-emerged soon after to take his place on the bench, having gone to the dressing room to get stitched up.
The whole thing looked fairly harmless but that the article adds the defender has become a magnet for controversy in recent weeks following his controversial interview with The Sun in August in which he suggested he wanted to leave Spurs and also how the 27-year-old admitted last month he was “fuming” with Pochettino for leaving him out of the squad to face Arsenal.
It adds however that Rose has insisted there was nothing in this latest incident and is fed up with talk of a rift.
“This is getting silly now, the manager said it was best I came off and I didn’t want to come off. That was it,” Rose said.I’ve seen already that people are saying we exchanged words. There is no issue between me and the manager. There has never been an issue. And people trying to put stuff in the media is not welcomed.
He added: “For the last three-and-a-half years, four years, the manager has been my biggest fan. He’s given me nothing but love and respect,There is no issue. There never will be an issue. People need to stop this because it’s not welcomed.”
Rose was asked who he’d like to face in the next round “Whoever is out there, we are confident we can beat anybody and we’ve proved that throughout the group stage,” said the England man
“I wouldn’t like Bayern! But we don’t fear anybody. The manager would prefer us to have one of the top teams. He relishes those sorts of games.We’ve proved this season that we do turn up in these games in the group stage and we’ll be looking forward to the draw.”
Rose added: “I hope teams look at those performances and realise Tottenham are a team to be feared. When we turn up, we can beat anybody on our night.”
The article points out that we will be one of five English teams in the hat as Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea all made it through.
Asked about the Premier League’s resurgence in Europe, Rose said: “I’m not sure. United had an easier group. Liverpool’s group, compared to ours, it wasn’t that difficult, I know many people won’t have thought we would have done as well as we have done and it’s credit to all the teams, and especially us.”
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