Danny Rose has revealed that a club who were interested in signing the Tottenham Hotspur left-back last summer wanted to check that he was “not crazy”.
Rose’s future at Spurs was placed into question in August 2017 when in an interview with The Sun he held an honest and frank discussion where he claimed that he did not believe he or is Spurs team-mates are paid their true worth.
The England international also caused a stir when he said that time is running out to win trophies and wants to play his football ‘up north’ before he retires.
The player was left to apologise to Tottenham for his ill-judged comments on the eve of the 2017/18 season (Sky Sports).
After a difficult period with injury and family bereavement in which Rose bravely spoke about in the media by admitting that he had had depression, his comments led to a potential new employer wanting to check on his mental state.
Rose has since bounced back and has been in superb form for Tottenham this season, having arguably reclaimed the number one left-back berth from Ben Davies.
He told the BBC One documentary A Royal Team Talk: Tackling Mental Health of his experiences: “I think there’s still a long way to go in football because in the summer I was speaking to another club, and they said, ‘the club would like to meet you, just to check that you’re not crazy’.
“It was because of what I’d said and what I’d been through.
“I was embarrassed, as whatever I’ve been through I like to think it doesn’t affect me doing my job.
“I still know I’ll always give 100 per cent.”
He added: “In the end they didn’t put a bid in.
“But to think that people assume I might be crazy is embarrassing and I’m still angry about it to this day.
“If that opportunity came around again I’d definitely say no now.”
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