Danny Rose reveals his desire to one day return to Tottenham and help the club’s young players develop after burying the hatchet with Daniel Levy… as his 14 years in north London draw to a close
- Danny Rose is a free agent after his 14-year association with Tottenham ended
- The left-back was not there at all last season after Jose Mourinho sidelined him
- Former England international hasn’t played for Spurs since January last year
- Rose spoke about his desire to return to the club and work with the academy
Danny Rose has revealed his desire to one day return to Tottenham and work with their young players when he leaves the club after 14 years.
The 30-year-old left-back is a free agent after his contract expired and his long stay with Spurs ended in very unsatisfactory circumstances.
He was kicked out of the first team by Jose Mourinho and had not played for the club since a 1-0 defeat to Liverpool on January 11, 2020.
Danny Rose has left Tottenham after 14 years at the club and is looking for a new club
Rose said chairman Daniel Levy has left the door open for a return to the club after his retirement
Rose was loaned to Newcastle United for the second half of that season but was not involved at all during the 2020/21 season.
His relationship with chairman Daniel Levy soured after outspoken criticism of the club’s transfer policy in 2017.
Rose had focused on the club’s ambition in the transfer market, saying Spurs should sign big names ‘not players you have to Google and say, ‘Who is that?’
But Rose said the door remains open for him and the former England international said he would seize the opportunity to work closely with Tottenham’s academy talents in the future.
Rose was frozen at Tottenham by Jose Mourinho and didn’t play at all last season
It was a contrast to their run to the Champions League final during the 2018-19 campaign
“I had the opportunity this season to pass on some of that knowledge to the younger guys,” he told Tottenham’s internal media team.
“They have become a part of me and I see them all as my little brothers.
“I’ve seen how hard they work, the looks on their faces when they say, ‘I’m on the first team today’. It has been priceless. I’ve seen first hand what it means to them.
“I just had a meeting with the chairman this morning. He asked if I needed help with anything and said I’m welcome to come back in the future.
“I’m overjoyed that I made that choice to come here in 2007 and I look forward to coming back after I’m done playing football and hopefully making an impact on the young age group again, as I’ve had this season.”
Rose defends against Mohamed Salah in the Champions League final against Liverpool
But he was reduced to playing for Tottenham’s under-23 side last season to stay fit
In total, Rose made 214 appearances for Tottenham after joining them at Leeds United in 2007 as a teenager.
He played in two cup finals with the club, losing the 2015 League Cup final to Chelsea and the 2019 Champions League final to Liverpool after playing a key role in their run that season.
“I’m leaving the football club a better person, a better professional, a better person than when I arrived 14 years ago,” Rose added.
“I’m stopped in the street and they thank me for everything. I just want to say ‘thank you’ for the love and support you have given me over the past 14 years.
“I’m going to miss all the fans, everyone who has been involved with Spurs and I look forward to coming back one day. They will be a part of my heart for a long time to come and I will miss them.
Rose scored in a 5-3 win over Chelsea in January 2015 that he remembers fondly
“There have been some great games that I have participated in. We played a great game against Chelsea, we won 5-3 in the Lane.
“We drew 2-2 with Arsenal in the Lane, only in terms of atmosphere that was brilliant and Harry [Kane] scored an outrageous goal while wearing the eye mask.
“There has been a lot. Looking back, there are quite a few games that I have been happy with.
“I am grateful to the club for bringing me in as a 16-year-old in 2007 and I feel very privileged to have been able to experience some of Tottenham’s great days in 14 days.”