Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino fears the early end to the transfer window in England could create a "mess" for Premier League clubs.

Tottenham squeezed Ryan Sessegnon and Giovani Lo Celso through the door on deadline day and kept hold of Danny Rose after reportedly rejecting an offer from Watford.

Pochettino confirmed left-back Rose remains a "very important part" of his plans but did not delve into Christian Eriksen's situation.

Linked to both Madrid clubs, the creative midfielder could still leave for LaLiga as the transfer window in Spain does not shut until September 2, consistent with France, Italy and Germany.

"It is not right to talk about personal situations. It is all rumours. We cannot waste time talking about every single rumour," Pochettino told reporters when asked about Eriksen.

"The players who are here, I am more than happy to have.

"Of course, we are at this point where European clubs have 20 days more and I think that was a big mistake.

"We open the door to other clubs to cause a confusion within your squad. I think we need to go back and change to operate in the same way [as the rest of Europe].

"The Premier League cannot give this advantage to the European clubs. It can create a mess in clubs in England."

One of the clubs said to be interested in Eriksen, Atletico Madrid, took Kieran Trippier away from Spurs last month.

That deal and the loss of Juan Foyth to an ankle injury until September leaves Pochettino with a decision to make at right-back, not that the manager is concerned.

"We can create players who can play in different positions," he said. "We try to find the best solution and I love the challenge to try and create that dynamic."

Tottenham begin their Premier League campaign at home to Aston Villa on Saturday.

Gareth Bale appears to be on the brink of leaving Real Madrid for the Chinese Super League.

It is reported the Wales star has agreed a deal with Jiangsu Suning, who must now finalise matters with Madrid.

Bale will apparently double his salary by swapping LaLiga for the CSL.



Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale is close to moving to Jiangsu Suning of the Chinese Super League, according to Marca and AS.

The Wales international will reportedly earn €22million a season if he completes a move to the club, which is owned by Inter majority shareholders Suning Holdings Group.

Jiangsu must now finalise terms with Madrid before they can announce Bale as the biggest star yet to head to the CSL.


- James Rodriguez will now stay at Real Madrid as the LaLiga giants want cover for the injured Marco Asensio, reports El Chiringuito. Asensio suffered a serious knee injury in the International Champions Cup clash with Arsenal, while James has been linked to Atletico Madrid and Napoli.

Manchester United have agreed a fee in the region of €70million with Sporting CP for midfielder Bruno Fernandes, according to Corriere dello Sport.

Fernandes could end up replacing Paul Pogba, with ESPN claiming Real Madrid are confident they will strike a deal to sign the France star from Manchester United.

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha could be tempted to join Everton, who are ready to offer £60m for the player, Sky Sports claim. Zaha has also been linked to Premier League rivals Arsenal and Chelsea.

- AC Milan are to sign Rafael Leao from Lille for €35m, with Tiago Djalo heading the other way for €5m, RMC Sport believe.

Dani Alves, who has emerged as a transfer target for Manchester City, called Barcelona to discuss a return to the club, according to Sport.

Tottenham's hopes of a stunning deal for Juventus forward Paulo Dybala could hinge on the departures of Danny Rose and Christian Eriksen, Sky Sports News say. Rose has been linked to Juve, while Eriksen is reportedly a target for Manchester United and Real Madrid.

- However, Sky also say Dybala could be offered to Manchester United as part of a Juventus bid to sign Romelu Lukaku, who is also wanted by Inter.

Arsenal's quiet transfer window seems to be about to spark into life.

Widespread reports on Monday claimed Dani Ceballos is on the verge of joining the Gunners on loan from Real Madrid.

William Saliba could follow him to Emirates Stadium by the end of the week, too.



Arsenal are close to completing the loan signing of Dani Ceballos from Real Madrid.

AS report the midfielder could head to London on Tuesday for a medical, with Marca saying the 21-year-old is excited about the prospect of spending a season under Unai Emery.

Various UK media outlets have also stated Ceballos is not far from finalising a deal, while the BBC's David Ornstein says Saint-Etienne defender William Saliba could follow him to north London before the week is out.



- Barcelona are to open talks with Lionel Messi to try to extend his contract beyond 2021, according to ESPN.

Jiangsu Suning have joined Chinese rivals Beijing Guoan in the race for Real Madrid outcast Gareth Bale but must offer wages of £1million per week, reports the Telegraph.

- Fotosport in Turkey say Galatasaray have made an approach to sign Fred on loan from Manchester United.

- Inter are still eager to sign Romelu Lukaku and have offered Manchester United a choice of €78m or €55m plus winger Ivan Perisic, suggests.

Ademola Lookman is expected to arrive in Germany in the next 36 hours to finalise a transfer from Everton to RB Leipzig, say Sky Sports.

- Marca claim Atletico Madrid would prefer to sign Real Madrid's James Rodriguez than Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen.

- Atletico Madrid are likely to earn a total of €57m when Angel Correa finalises his move to AC Milan, Sky Sport Italia say.

- Corriere dello Sport claim Napoli are pushing to sign Mauro Icardi from Inter, with James Rodriguez poised for Atletico Madrid.

Juventus head coach Maurizio Sarri is pushing the Serie A champions to sign Tottenham full-back Danny Rose, according to the Daily Mail.

Christian Eriksen put some of Europe's biggest clubs on alert when he declared he would "like to try something new" and now it seems the Tottenham star could make a surprise move.

Initial speculation suggested that Real Madrid would make a move for the talented Spurs playmaker.

As the 2019-20 season draws ever closer, however, it could be that another Spanish giant – and neighbours of Real Madrid – steal a march in the quest to land the Denmark international.



Atletico Madrid have enjoyed a productive transfer window – despite losing Antoine Griezmann, Rodri and Diego Godin – and could be set to swoop for Tottenham's Christian Eriksen.

The Dane has spent six seasons with the north London club but is ready for a new challenge and could join former team-mate Kieran Trippier in the Spanish capital.

AS reports that the two clubs have started discussions over a fee for the 27-year-old, with Spurs likely to demand in excess of €70million.


- Paris Saint-Germain have found their target if Neymar gets his desired move away from the Parc des Princes. According to RMC Sport, Juventus midfielder Paulo Dybala is PSG's top option if Neymar leaves.

- James Rodriguez is linked with the likes of Atletico Madrid and Napoli, and Real Madrid want around €40m for the playmaker, according to Marca.

- David de Gea will become the world's highest paid goalkeeper. The Manchester United shot-stopper has agreed to a six-year deal worth around £117m with the Premier League giants, according to The Telegraph.

- Arsenal could land Moise Kean from Juventus, but only if any deal includes a buy-back clause. The Daily Mail say Juve will insist on a £36m (€40.1m) clause in a possible deal involving the forward.

- Danny Rose is widely expected to leave Tottenham this close season, with numerous clubs linked with the left-back. Now, the Mirror report Serie A champions Juventus are the frontrunners to sign the defender.

- After Aaron Wan-Bissaka's move to Manchester United, Crystal Palace may have found their replacement. The Daily Mail report Palace have held further talks over a potential deal for Liverpool right-back Nathaniel Clyne.

Maybe Juventus are not ready to give up on signing Manchester United star Paul Pogba just yet.

Pogba, 26, has been linked with a return to Turin and a move to Real Madrid as he looks for an Old Trafford exit.

But, just as it looked like Juve were struggling and Madrid was the midfielder's most likely destination, that may have changed.



Juventus could offer a fee plus three players in their move for Manchester United star Pogba, according to Corriere dello Sport.

Full-back Joao Cancelo, attacker Douglas Costa and midfielder Blaise Matuidi are the players mentioned for potential moves in the report.

Meanwhile, ESPN FC report Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has told coach Zinedine Zidane that it will be very difficult to sign Pogba this close season.



- Barcelona are still trying to find a way to bring Neymar back to Camp Nou from Paris Saint-Germain. According to Sky Germany, Barca are offering €100million plus two players, having given PSG a list of six that includes Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele, Ivan Rakitic, Nelson Semedo and Malcom. That is up from the earlier offer of €40m plus two players. According to Sport, Barca have made Coutinho and Rakitic priorities to be sold.

- After being linked to Bayern Munich, Callum Hudson-Odoi is set to re-sign with Chelsea. The Daily Mail report the 18-year-old England international will sign a five-year deal worth more than £100,000 per week to stay at Stamford Bridge.

- Giovani Lo Celso apparently wants to join Tottenham, but Spurs are unwilling to meet Real Betis' £60m (€66.8m) asking price, according to The Sun, who say Erik Lamela could be added into a deal. Danny Rose could also reportedly leave Spurs and Sky Sports say PSG are interested in the left-back.

- Arsenal have beaten their north London rivals to the signing of Saint-Etienne defender William Saliba, according to ESPN FC. Arsenal will complete the signing of Saliba for £26.9m (€30m) and loan him back to the Ligue 1 club despite late interest from Spurs, the report says.

- Another reported Arsenal target, Wilfried Zaha, has told Crystal Palace he wants to leave, according to The Sun. Arsenal have reportedly had a £40m bid for the attacker rejected.

- Bayern Munich are ready to meet Celta Vigo midfielder Brais Mendez's €25m release clause, according to Kicker. Mendez, 22, was handed a Spain debut late last year and scored six goals while providing seven assists for Celta in LaLiga in 2018-19.

Danny Rose, Vincent Janssen and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou look set to leave Tottenham after being allowed to skip the pre-season tour of Asia to pursue transfers.

Spurs confirmed their 26-man travelling squad for their International Champions Cup fixtures in Singapore and Shanghai on Wednesday.

Rose, Janssen and Nkoudou have been granted extra time off granted "in order to explore prospective opportunities with other clubs".

Left-back Rose has battled Ben Davies for a place in Mauricio Pochettino's first team in recent seasons, although he still made 37 appearances last term and started the Champions League final defeat to Liverpool.

Spurs will reportedly seek a fee in the region of £25million for the 29-year-old.

Janssen had been frozen out of Pochettino's plans but he did make three Premier League appearances in 2018-19 against Brighton and Hove Albion, West Ham and Everton.

Nkoudou, meanwhile, spent the second half of last term on loan at Monaco after failing to break into the Spurs side.

Danny Rose says it is "no secret" he could be in line for an exit from Tottenham prior to next season.

Having struggled to nail down a regular starting spot ahead of Ben Davies in 2017-18, Rose reclaimed the left-back berth as his own last term, making 37 appearances across all competitions as Tottenham finished fourth in the Premier League and reached the Champions League final.

Rose started for England in their Nations League third-place play-off against Switzerland on Sunday, playing 70 minutes before making way for his former club-mate Kyle Walker.

The 28-year-old has two years left on his current deal at Tottenham, but reports have emerged linking him with a move away from the club.

And Rose has now revealed that there could be substance to those rumours, suggesting that Tottenham's policy of moving older players on could see him sold.

"If I am, great. If not, great," Rose told reporters when asked if he would be leaving Spurs.

"It's no secret I've been linked with a move in the media. It's the club's policy to move players on when they reach a certain age."

Tottenham have been credited with an interest in Everton's Lucas Digne, though the Toffees are likely to be reluctant to sell the former Barcelona left-back.

Liverpool and Tottenham were lacking the star quality expected of them as the Reds triumphed 2-0 in one of the most disappointing Champions League finals in memory.

Mohamed Salah scored after just two minutes from the penalty spot before 85 minutes of scant little action at either end gave way to a second goal from Liverpool substitute Divock Origi.

It was not the game either set of fans expected, but there were still key moments and interventions that ensured Europe's most coveted trophy headed to Merseyside.

Here's how we rated the players at the Wanda Metropolitano.


Hugo Lloris: 7
Had no chance with the penalty and was otherwise excellent, making a superb save from Andy Robertson shortly before half-time to keep Spurs in touch. Could do little about Origi's goal.

Jan Vertonghen: 6
Did well to keep Salah at bay early in the second half and ventured forward to support a Spurs attack that failed to bare its teeth.

Danny Rose: 6
Fed Son Heung-min and Dele Alli throughout but saw much of his service frittered away, particularly early on.

Kieran Trippier: 6
Like Rose, Trippier poured forward to little effect in the opening stages and his late forays rarely proved effective.

Toby Alderweireld: 6
Was left bloodied at the end of a bruising encounter but could not get across in time to stop Origi from doubling Liverpool's lead three minutes from time.

Christian Eriksen: 6
Squandered a good chance when space opened up for him in first-half stoppage time and saw his curling free-kick saved by Alisson late on.

Harry Winks: 5
Effective around the halfway line, but like his team-mates seemed to freeze when approaching the final third. Replaced by Lucas Moura after 66 minutes.

Son Heung-min: 7
Showed flashes of energy and endeavour but was outmuscled by Virgil van Dijk or outwitted by Alisson when chances came his way.

Dele Alli: 6
Just as he did in the semi-final second leg against Ajax, Alli misplaced passes early on but grew into the game, only to fluff his lines when Tottenham's three best chances fell to him in the second half.

Moussa Sissoko: 5
Suffered a torrid opening to the game when Sadio Mane's cross hit his arm after 26 seconds and lost the key midfield battle against Jordan Henderson that could have turned the game in Spurs' favour.

Harry Kane: 5
Barely involved in the first half, Kane improved in the last 20 minutes as Tottenham pressed for an equaliser, but it was too little, too late from the England captain.


Lucas Moura: 6
Could have been Tottenham's saviour again but side-footed somewhat tamely at Alisson when the ball fell to him 12 yards out.

Eric Dier: 5
Replaced the disappointing Sissoko and fared little better in the heart of Tottenham's midfield.

Fernando Llorente: 5
Sent on late as Mauricio Pochettino sought the kind of heroics he delivered against Ajax but failed to make a mark on the game.


Alisson: 7
Faced no shots in the first half but remained alert enough to make a crucial double-save from Son and Moura – and a superb one from Eriksen – when it mattered most.

Trent Alexander-Arnold: 7
One of Liverpool's major attacking threats in the first half, firing narrowly wide with an audacious 25-yard drive.

Virgil van Dijk: 7
As calm and assured as you would expect of the PFA Players' Player of the Year and showed his pace and composure to cut Son's mazy dribble short after 75 minutes.

Joel Matip: 7
Viewed as the potential weak link in Liverpool's side by some, Matip did not let his side down and helped to keep Kane eerily quiet before providing the assist for Origi's goal.

Andy Robertson: 6
Linked up with Mane to cause Tottenham problems early on and put in a solid performance defensively.

Jordan Henderson: 7
Harried and pressed Tottenham when he had to, doing just enough to keep Winks and Sissoko from settling into the game.

Georginio Wijnaldum: 5
The game passed him by in the first half and he was little better after the break, making him the obvious choice to come off for James Milner.

Fabinho: 7
Combined with Henderson to nullify the Spurs midfield, helping the England man form a wall on the halfway line that snuffed out Sissoko and Alli time and again.

Mohamed Salah: 7
Lashed home Liverpool's opener with supreme confidence and teed Milner and Mane up for good second-half chances despite seeing relatively little of the ball.

Sadio Mane: 7
Ran at Spurs from the outset and forced the penalty before playing a key role in Liverpool's late resurgence.

Roberto Firmino: 5
After a very quiet first half, Firmino cut an even more subdued figure after the interval and was replaced by Origi just before the hour-mark.


Divock Origi: 8
There was a buzz of excitement at the Liverpool end when Origi replaced Firmino and he did not disappoint, lashing the only chance that came his way into the bottom corner of Lloris' net.

James Milner: 7
Reinvigorated Liverpool on the hour, firing just wide from the edge of the box and rallying the troops to push for the second.

Joe Gomez: 5
Replaced Mane late on but had little to do.

UEFA has dismissed an appeal from the Football Association of Montenegro over a one-game ban handed out for racist behaviour by their supporters in the Euro 2020 qualifier against England.

Montenegro were ordered to play their next competitive home fixture behind closed doors, as well as display a banner with the wording '#EqualGame' following incidents during the fixture on March 25.

England players Callum Hudson-Odoi, Danny Rose and Raheem Sterling were subjected to racist chanting during their side's 5-1 victory in Podgorica.

While Montenegro challenged the outcome of an Ethics and Disciplinary Body hearing on April 26, UEFA upheld the initial punishments, including a €20,000 fine for setting off fireworks, throwing of objects, crowd disturbances and the blocking of stairways.

Meanwhile, UEFA announced Bosnia-Herzegovina's appeal against a two-game suspension for Miralem Pjanic was partially upheld.

The Juventus midfielder was shown a straight red card for a challenge in the second half of the 2-2 Group J draw with Greece on March 26.

However, Pjanic's ban has been halved, meaning he will only miss the trip to Finland on June 8 before returning for the clash with Italy three days later.


Tottenham left-back Danny Rose has slammed the "embarrassing" attitude of an unnamed club for checking he was "not crazy" when trying to sign him last year.

The 28-year-old openly spoke about his struggles with depression ahead of the World Cup, which he put down to a troublesome knee injury coupled with family tragedy.

Rose was sounded out by an interested team at the time over a potential move, but they first wanted to check on his mental state.

Speaking as part of BBC documentary 'A Royal Team Talk: Tackling Mental Health', the England international admitted he is still upset about the approach taken.

"I think there's still a long way to go in football," he said. "Last summer I was speaking to another club, and they said, 'The club would like to meet you, just to check that you're not crazy'. Because of what I'd said and what I'd been through.

"I was embarrassed, as whatever I've been through I like to think it doesn't affect me doing my job. I still know I'll always give a hundred per cent. 

"In the end they didn't put a bid in, but to think that people assume I might be crazy is embarrassing and I'm still angry about it to this day. 

"If that opportunity came around again I'd definitely say no now."

Rose has started 27 games for Tottenham in all competitions this season and is in contention to feature in the Champions League final against Liverpool on June 1.

Tottenham left-back Danny Rose vowed to "go out with a bang" if reports of him leaving after the Champions League final prove to be accurate.

Rose, 28, joined Spurs from Leeds United as a teenager in 2007 and has become an important player over the past few years.

The England international was impressive as Spurs beat Ajax 3-2 in Amsterdam on Wednesday, helping them book a place in the Champions League final on away goals after a 3-3 aggregate draw.

But Rose's Spurs career has not always been straightforward as he found himself in hot water at the start of last season for criticising the club's transfer policy.

Recent media reports have suggested Rose might move on in the close-season and he is desperate to lift the Champions League trophy if it proves to be his last act in a Spurs jersey.

"I keep seeing my name that I'm being sold, so if that's the case and it's going to be my last game for Tottenham against Liverpool, I'm hoping to go out with a bang and lift a trophy," he told reporters.

"It's a Champions League final, so individual situations have to take a back seat and you have to put the club first. 

"We are going to do that. We do realise we have a chance to make history."

Spurs will face Liverpool at Atletico Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano on June 1.

Danny Rose hopes Tottenham shut former Netherlands international Ruud Gullit up by defeating Ajax in the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday.

The England left-back felt the Dutchman had been "rude" about Spurs players in the wake of their 1-0 first-leg defeat in north London last week.

Gullit – a former PSV star and player-manager at Chelsea – was scathing, criticising the technical abilities of the likes of Rose, Victor Wanyama and Dele Alli.

But Spurs stunned Ajax in the return fixture at the Johan Cruijff ArenA, sensationally winning 3-2 to progress to the Champions League final on away goals after a 3-3 aggregate draw – Lucas Moura scoring a hat-trick.

Mauricio Pochettino's men looked to be heading to a comprehensive defeat when Ajax went 2-0 up on the day before half-time, but Lucas netted his third in the 96th minute to complete an unlikely turnaround.

Rose was happy to hit back at Gullit following remarks he believes were disrespectful.

"Seeing people's comments like Ruud Gullit after the first game and how rude he was, it's nice we fought back and hopefully shut him up," Rose said.

"He was very critical of individual players and saying how bad we were technically, and he's bang out of order for that.

"That was fuel to the fire and hopefully he eats his words."

Danny Rose said Mauricio Pochettino used Liverpool's turnaround against Barcelona to inspire his Tottenham players to a thrilling Champions League comeback victory over Ajax.

Tottenham booked their place in the final against Liverpool after Lucas Moura's second-half hat-trick brought them back from the brink at Johan Cruijff ArenA, where Ajax led their semi-final 3-0 on aggregate at half-time in the second leg only to go out on away goals.

Full-back Rose said the Spurs players watched Liverpool's 4-0 second-leg victory over Barcelona 24 hours before the game and that Pochettino pointed to the Reds' attitude as something to aspire to.

"We saw Liverpool last night," Rose told BT Sport. "It goes to show it's not over until it's over.

"There were a few words said at half-time and we came out and played like that. It just goes to show we can beat anybody when we play like that.

"The gaffer mentioned it [the Liverpool game] at the hotel before we left. He just said that's the right attitude.

"He doesn't mind losing but you have to lose in the right way. How we started against Ajax in the first game wasn't the right way.

"If we'd not won tonight he'd have been proud of the way we played at the end."


Fellow defender Toby Alderweireld, who started his career at Ajax, said Pochettino's men showed more desire to win.

The Belgium international left Ajax for Atletico Madrid in 2013 before arriving at Tottenham via Southampton, and he paid tribute to the Amsterdam club while hailing his current side's staying power.

"It's mentally very hard you know. If you concede two goals, you have to score three. I think this shows the team mentality," said Alderweireld, whose side are fourth in the Premier League.

"[It has been] a difficult season for us, and, if you see our circumstances, to perform in the second half like this, it's unbelievable.

"We put our heart on the pitch and I think after the first leg everyone was saying 'Ajax, Ajax', but we showed we wanted it more. I'm so proud of this team.

"We have to show them [Ajax] a lot of respect.

"They have a great philosophy and I'm very proud to have a history with Ajax. Credit to them."

Troy Townsend understands why Danny Rose would write off the possibility of moving into coaching and hopes there will be more high-level opportunities for black players by the time the Tottenham defender retires.

Rose suffered racist abuse playing for England in Montenegro in March but later suggested discrimination runs far deeper in football.

The 28-year-old claimed studying for his coaching badges would be "a waste of time", due to the lack of opportunities afforded to black managers in the English game.

Townsend, who works for anti-discrimination campaign group Kick It Out, appreciates Rose's point of view and believes it is up to the sport to change that in the coming years.

"Danny's said what he's said because, at the moment, Danny's in a period of time where he's being victimised, because of the colour of his skin, on the football pitch," Townsend told Omnisport.

"He's seeing the lack of opportunities for people of his colour going through the coaching circles and he probably thinks to himself, 'enough is enough'. He said it publicly.

"It's a funny game, opinions can change. Who knows? When Danny's ready to retire, those opportunities may have been opened up and he may see that there is change happening and that's what you hope.

"Words of someone like Danny Rose, the actions of someone like [Macclesfield Town manager] Sol Campbell, can really open up avenues and doors for other people.

"I fully back what Danny's saying at the moment. Why would you want to get in the industry? Why would you want to become a coach where you can see that Chris Hughton is a fantastic example but how many years have we been talking about Chris Hughton as the lone fantastic example?

"Or Chris Powell, or Chris Ramsey when he was around, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, you can pull the names out on both hands and that's it.

"Meanwhile, there's always that revolving circle of managers that have been in the game that get sacked, that get another job, that get sacked, that get another job, they bring all the coaches along the journey with them.

"The hope is that when someone like Danny is ready to hang up his boots, he sees that there is change happening and that there are opportunities.

"We're talking about opportunities at the highest level of the game because there are loads of very good black and Asian coaches from the grassroots level that go into non-league level that then seem to want opportunities within the academy environments and higher.

"That's where there seems to be that bottleneck of opportunities for those coaches.

"We have to find out why that is the situation, how do we change that situation so that players like Danny, and many, many other players, feel like this is a journey they can take and they can give back all that wealth of experience to the next generation of young players themselves."

Tottenham and England left-back Danny Rose has criticised the lack of opportunities afforded to black coaches in English football. 

Rose was one of the England players to suffer racist abuse during last month's 5-1 Euro 2020 qualifying win in Montenegro. 

UEFA have punished Montenegro by ruling their next competitive fixture against Kosovo must be played behind closed doors, but Rose insists his concerns over issues of discrimination in football run far deeper. 

The 29-year-old recently said he could not wait to "see the back of" football due to such frustrations and he told Sky Sports that attempting to make his way in the dugout does not appeal in the current climate. 

"When I said that [about waiting to retire] people think I was just talking about the two or three instances that have happened on the pitch," explained Rose.

"When I said that I was talking about the lack of black managers within football now. People ask me do I want to do my coaching badges. Why? 

"You're not given a chance, so no, I wouldn't be looking forward to doing my coaching badges. It's a waste of time. 

"Prime example – why has Sol Campbell had to go to the bottom of League Two [at Macclesfield Town] to get his first job. No disrespect to League Two. If he has to go there and others get to work here, why would I want to do that? It doesn't appeal to me at all." 

Speaking ahead of Spurs' game against West Ham on Saturday, Rose praised the influence of his current manager Mauricio Pochettino – who he credits with ensuring he could stay at Tottenham and flourish despite discussing a move elsewhere. 

"There was talk of me moving on and I was speaking to another club, which obviously Tottenham know about, but it didn’t happen," said Rose, who was strongly linked with a switch to Manchester United. 

"I called the manager after the World Cup and he said to me, 'You're welcome to stay but you have to get your head down, work hard – everyone's starting afresh'. 

"When my uncle did pass away he came in to see me on his day off.  He's brilliant. That's the sort of relationship we have and I wouldn't be here as an England player and a Tottenham player if it wasn't for what he's done for me. I owe him." 

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