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Tottenham Hotspur defender Danny Rose has confirmed that he intends to leave the club when his contract expires, per The London Evening Standard.
The England international says that Spurs attempted to sell him in the summer – he was spotted at Watford’s training ground on transfer deadline day – after being told that he would not be given a new contract.
And Rose now says that, with his current deal set to expire at the end of next season, he will not be committing to fresh terms.
He said: “It’s pretty obvious what happened (during the summer). People upstairs at Tottenham were trying to do what they were trying to do. I’ve said, I’ve got 18 months left on my contract and I’m not going anywhere until my contract has finished.
“In January, you’re probably going to hear something (regarding a possible departure). I’m telling you right now that I’m not going anywhere until my contract is finished.
“(Spurs chairman) Daniel Levy told me in the summer there was no new contract for me at Tottenham, which is fine. I respect that. We move on.
“My contract is up in 18 months’ time and I’ll leave the football club then. People can save their time trying to get stuff ready for January about me being sold.
“Because I can tell you now: it ain’t happening. I know what people were trying to do in the summer… There were no bids — that was rubbish.”
Spurs haven’t won a league game since September.
They haven’t won away from home since January.
The club are currently 14th in the Premier League and 11 points behind the top four.
This is not the time for personal revelations about the transfer window.
Admittedly, Rose is currently on England duty so he is technically freed from his club responsibilities but, surely he knows that this comes at the worst possible time.
Spurs need to be presenting a united front, a togetherness that speaks to the supporters and tells them that they are working as hard as possible to steady the ship and come out of a slump that has led to reports that Mauricio Pochettino could lose his job.
Instead, Rose is in the press, talking about how he was nearly pushed out of the club and how he is likely to stay for at least another season essentially against their wishes.
This is despite a decline in form that has seen Rose collect an average rating of 6.61 from WhoScored thus far this season. He has already collected five yellow cards in just nine games.
He has no real right to open his mouth in the manner he has and this is unlikely to endear him any further to the fans who are paying to watch him, and the rest of the Spurs team, struggle on a weekly basis.