Jose Mourinho offered a cold comment when asked about Danny Rose, as reported on Sky Sports Transfer Centre (25/01/2020, 18:05).
Rose has previously been linked with a move to Newcastle United by the Evening Standard, with the suggestion being that they are offering him a way out of Tottenham Hotspur after he fell out of favour with Mourinho.
There was to be no adding to his already low amount of game time in the FA Cup, as the England international didn’t even make the bench against Southampton.
Following the 1-1 draw, Mourinho was asked whether Rose would still be at the club next month, to which he replied: “I don’t know. I don’t know. Not injured. My decision [to leave him out]. My decision is based on performance and based on my analysis. Nothing else really.”
There was absolutely no reassurance for the 29-year-old in that comment, which felt pretty dismissive.
When the nature of the quote is taken into account, it feels difficult to imagine Rose forcing his way back into the side.
This is not helped at all by Japhet Tanganga coming in and impressing at left-back, having been awarded Man of the Match by WhoScored for his performance on Saturday.
Rose has previously stated that he will not be leaving Spurs before his contract comes to an end, and while that can be seen as honourable, he may be better off going back on his word.
If he stays, Rose could find chances on the pitch very difficult to come by, but Newcastle is an example of how he could get himself guaranteed game time again – with Jetro Willems and Paul Dummett out for the rest of the season.
Mourinho may not have said much about the left-back, but his message seemed very clear.