Danny Rose opens up on struggles under Jose Mourinho at Spurs: ‘I did want to play for him’

Danny Rose has today spoken out over his struggles for game-time under Jose Mourinho, ahead of his move to Newcastle last month.

Rose joins Newcastle

On the back of weeks of speculation, English stopper Rose’s move to St. James’ Park was made official on deadline day last week.

The 29-year-old put pen-to-paper on a loan agreement for the remainder of the campaign.

Newcastle’s deal for Rose is not thought to include either an option or obligation to buy.


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‘Wasn’t given as much of a chance’

Rose’s move to Tyneside came as his 5th temporary spell away from Spurs, since his arrival in north London from Leeds in 2007.

His most recent previous loan, though, came all the way back in 2012.

The years since had seen Rose go on to play an increasingly important role in the first-team ranks of the Lilywhites, with Mauricio Pochettino having placed his faith in the oft-erratic left-back.

Cedric Soares

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 05: Cedric Soares of Southampton is challenged by Danny Rose of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton FC at Wembley Stadium on December 5, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

On the back of Poch being replaced on the Spurs bench by Jose Mourinho, however, Rose’s game-time took a nosedive.

Since Mourinho’s appointment at the end of November, the English international had managed just a solitary Premier League start.

And Rose has since revealed that though he had every intention of proving himself under Mourinho, the stopper feels as though he was not afforded the proper chance to do so.

Speaking in an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live earlier today, Rose explained:

‘I do feel I wasn’t given as much of a chance as everybody else in the backline.’

‘I did want to play for him.’

‘The Doncaster-born player added: “I knew after a month [of Mourinho joining] I was never going to play. It was difficult going out to train knowing I wasn’t going to play.’

‘It’s not worked out, but full respect to him and what he’s doing at the club. He took over with the club 12 points adrift of Chelsea [now in fourth place] and now it’s four.’

‘I have to be honest, I thought I would continue playing.’

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