Mourinho, Danny Rose clash in training
Danny Rose in training ground bust-up with Jose Mourinho as defender takes issue with being left out of Watford clash despite Tottenham manager insisting he was injured Danny Rose was involved in a heated exchange with Jose Mourinho after being left out of Saturday’s game against Watford.
The left-back, 29, sought an explanation from the Tottenham boss after his team had been announced on Friday and Mourinho reasoned that a back injury meant Rose was not in the best shape to figure.
Tottenham drew 0-0 at Vicarage Road, however, believing he was fit to play, an upset Rose took issue with Mourinho again during Sunday’s warm-down training session. The two clashed with voices becoming raised and onlookers describing ‘a big tension in the air’.
Some players were understood to be unhappy at how Rose’s reaction and behaviour had escalated the situation.
Rose, who was linked with a move to Watford last summer, reported for training as normal on Monday morning where he initially warmed-up with his team-mates in front of TV cameras. Mourinho, though, decided to take him aside as he and Rose had a one-to-one session.
Mindful of Rose’s mood, the Portuguese thought it best to use the opportunity to get Rose’s grievances and frustrations out in the air and restore the equilibrium around his squad.
Rose’s absence at Watford, coupled with his omission from the midweek FA Cup tie with Middlesbrough, had prompted questions as to whether the full-back was still in Mourinho’s plans.
‘Yeah, he is part of my plans,’ said Mourinho. ‘Last match, FA Cup match at home, very offensive team. We wanted to give another chance to Sessegnon to play 90 minutes. Today Rose had a little injury in his back, yesterday we made a decision to bring only fit players to a match that we knew was going to be physical.’
Rose, who has made 16 appearances this season, has never been shy to voice his frustrations at Tottenham yet has underlined his determination to see out his contract which runs until 2021.
He has been critical of their recruitment policy and last summer was made available for transfer.
However, he underlined his strength of mind to stay at the club in October when he said: ‘It’s pretty obvious what happened [in the summer]. People upstairs at Tottenham were trying to do what they were trying to do. I’ve said [to them] I’ve got 18 months left on my contract and I’m not going anywhere until my contract has finished.
‘In January, you are probably going to hear something [about my future]. I’m telling you right now that I’m not going anywhere until my contract is finished.’
Indeed, Rose’s blunt approach has sometimes made him difficult for the club to handle. In contrast, Christian Eriksen has preferred not to ruffle feathers as he sees out his contract and awaits a potential move away this week.
Tottenham is awaiting a new bid from Inter Milan for the Dane as they hold out for their £17million valuation. The club also wants a new full-back but could see Kyle Walker-Peters depart first with Southampton among the frontrunners for the £12m-rated 22-year-old.
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