Jose Mourinho has made a point of distancing himself from the recent saga stemming from Danny Rose’s comments regarding Tottenham Hotspur’s lack of ambition and failure to win trophies.
The 27-year-old, who has been at White Hart Lane since 2010, recently gave an interview in which he questioned Spurs’ ambition in this season’s transfer market, whilst also expressing a measure of discontent at failing to claim any silverware and the wages he deserves.
He later released a statement apologising for the ill-timed nature of his comments, but the interview – during which he revealed he would ‘play up north’ at some point in his career – would have pricked the attention of Mourinho, who has been keeping an eye on Rose this summer.
But the 54-year-old has insisted that he would not make any comments on an interview that had nothing to do with him.
“I should not comment because Mauricio would not be happy if I comment, Mr Levy would not be happy if I comment and because I had nothing to do with that interview,” he said.
“I just read it the way you did, I just read but Danny Rose is a Spurs player and it is not my problem at all.”
In a way, Mourinho doesn’t need to shake the pot here. Rose himself, by simply speaking his mind, has done exactly that.
He has revealed the soft underbelly that lies beneath Mauricio Pochettino’s cabaret of scintillating attacking football at White Hart Lane. That they haven’t signed any players this summer, nor won a trophy since 2008, is a sign of something important missing to their current identity – a sense of grittiness and hardline determination, perhaps.
The Portuguese may want to distance himself here, but he will take sharp note of a player whose comments – whilst vitriolic in parts – reflect an attitude that would be put to good use under his tutelage.