Paolo Di Canio has said he will wait to decide whether to pursue a permanent transfer for loan star Danny Rose at Spurs.
Rose has returned to White Hart Lane after his loan spell with the Black Cats came to an end and he will now have surgery on a wrist injury.
The England under-21 international defender has impressed on his season-long deal at Sunderland and it is thought Di Canio is keen to sort out a transfer with Tottenham over the close season.
However, with the Black Cats still not 100 per cent safe from relegation, the Italian coach says he will wait until the summer before making a decision on Rose.
“He is not staying with us this week because he needs to have surgery on his wrist,” Di Canio said. “He is a Tottenham player and they have to treat him – it is not our responsibility.
“He has been fantastic for us and we want to thank him for everything he has done.”
Spurs could yet offer Rose the chance to play next season after monitoring his progress at the Stadium of Light and he says he will decide on the defender in time.
Di Canio added: “At Tottenham, I don’t know how many chance Danny will have to play. I don’t know whether he will have the chance to play 38 games there.
“We will have to wait and see what happens. I have not made any decisions over whether we will or will not pursue Danny in the summer.
“I will not make any decisions on transfers until we are safe.”
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