Danny Rose has said he was “fuming” to be excluded from the Tottenham squad for Saturday’s North London derby at Arsenal but he denied suggestions of a rift with manager Mauricio Pochettino.
“There’s been no bust-up, there’s been no argument, there’s been no falling out. The manager just explained that he thought it’d be better for me to do a hard session on Saturday, which I did.
“I did that. I understand that there’s been a lot of reports but it’s not welcomed, and it’s not true, and whether I’d been at the Emirates or not, I think everybody’s losing sight that I couldn’t have stopped the referee or linesman from making bad decisions that led to us conceding.
“Me and the manager have not fallen out, not had an argument. I was angry about not being involved in the squad, but at the same time, I understand and I respect his views.”
“Whatever fitness I have, I still feel that I’m one of the best in the league, I don’t care how fit I am, I believe in my ability,” Rose said. “At Tottenham, you have to have an exceptional level of fitness. I’m not there yet because I’ve been out for a long time. I’m still catching up. As I said, I respect the manager and his coaching staff’s views.
“I wasn’t happy but it’s gone now, we all have to move on. When I get the opportunity to play, like I did tonight, I have to try and do as well as I can.”
“Nothing’s changed,” Rose said. “Everyone just needs to understand that me and the manager want the same thing for this season — we want to win something. So I’m on the same page.”
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