Departed Tottenham star Danny Rose opens up on ‘scary’ experience before exit
Rose ended his 14-year association with Tottenham this summer, with his contract running down. The left-back was quickly snapped up by newly-promoted Premier League club Watford FC on a two-year contract.
Prior to his exit, though, things had gotten quite tough for Rose at Tottenham. The left-back was exiled from the first-team setup by former manager Jose Mourinho, wasn’t even given a kit number and was made to train with the youth and the reserve teams.
And Rose admits that he had decided to leave Tottenham as a free agent but the situation was scary as he was worried about his future, having not been playing for almost a year.
“Without going into too much detail, I always planned to be a free agent, so that meant running my contract down. Pre-Covid, that would have looked like a smart financial decision, but after the year that we’ve had, I’ve been sat at home waiting for the phone to ring.
“It’s been a bit scary, and something that I’ve not experienced in my career before. I’ve never had less than two years on my contract, so I’m very, very lucky to be given an opportunity to play Premier League football again considering I’ve had a year of no football.”
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Rose may have ended things on a difficult note at Tottenham. But the England international will be cherished for his contributions to the club during the era of Mauricio Pochettino.
Having not played a competitive game at the senior level since his loan spell at Newcastle United in the second half of the 2019/20 term, it will be interesting to see how he fares at Watford.