Manchester United target Danny Rose has released a statement apologising for remarks made in a recent interview in which he questioned Tottenham Hotspur’s ambition and inability to win trophies.
The 27-year-old, speaking to the Sun, criticised the club for not signing a single player this summer and expressed a desire to play ‘up north’ at some point in his career, whilst also protesting about not receiving the wage he deserves.
Jose Mourinho wants a new left back this summer after failing to find a consistent performer in that role last season and has reportedly kept an eye on Rose as a potential option.
But the 27-year-old, probably at the request of Spurs, has released a statement to apologise for his ‘ill-judged’ comments towards his club.
“Having had time to consider my actions, I acknowledge now that the timing and manner of what I said was ill-judged,” he said.
“My words were not meant to offend and for that I would like to apologise to the chairman, manager, my team mates and the fans.
“I’d also like to wish the lads good luck ahead of Sunday’s game against Newcastle.”
Prizing Rose – or anybody, really – away from Spurs over the next few weeks will be next to impossible, even if Rose has, with his bold and (aside from the money bit, perhaps) accurate remarks, exposed the soft underbelly that lies beneath the North London’s side’s rise under Mauricio Pochettino.
As he points out, Spurs haven’t signed anybody this summer and don’t appear to be strongly linked with anyone. And after selling Kyle Walker to Manchester City, alongside recently losing Kieran Trippier to injury, selling another full-back to a big club would be absolute suicide.
That said, regardless of what happens, there is clear unrest behind the scenes at Spurs. Mourinho will be glad that no such controversy encircles his group with the new season beckoning.