Danny Rose is always good for a good quote or two and he provided a couple of them after England’s Nations League third place penalty shootout win over Switzerland. Speaking to Sky Sports after the match in Portugal, Rose said he’s aware of the rumors swirling around him potentially being shipped off from Tottenham to another club, and that he’s not especially worried about it either way.
“If I’m back at Tottenham next season, great, if I’m not - great. I don’t know what the future holds now but I’m looking forward to a break.
“It’s not about regular first-team football. I know my age and I know how the club’s run in terms of if you get to a certain age they might look to ship you on.
“I’ll be just sitting tight over the next few weeks and just seeing what happens. Either way, I’m prepared for whatever happens. Last season I didn’t play as much as I wanted. This season I’ve played quite a bit, it’s been really good.”
First of all, NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO DON’T LEAVE DANNY
Secondly, one of the reasons I find Danny so refreshing is that he just says whatever’s on his mind. He’s outspoken and while he undoubtedly has taken the club’s media training, he’s at the point in his career now where he really just doesn’t give a flip about how he’s perceived. I know Spurs journalists love interviewing him for this reason. I’d love to have a beer with him.
So if he comes across as a little glib, well it’s no wonder. He’s already spoken out about not being able to wait “to see the back of football” after the racism incidents he’s been a part of in recent seasons. I’m not at all surprised that he’s somewhat ambivalent about leaving Tottenham for another club. To him, football’s a job.
Although, I do wonder about his assertion about the club policy to sell players when they reach a certain age. Spurs are a team that does focus on developing young players that they can, on occasion, sell at their peak to fund the next influx of youth, but I haven’t gotten the sense that there’s any sort of official policy that says when a player turns 29 (which Danny does on July 2) that he’s out the door.
However, it sure does seem like Rose reads the newspapers and pays attention to the rumors about him. In my fantasies, Danny is a frequent reader of Cartilage Free Captain and comments occasionally from an anonymous username. If you’re reading this, Danny — we love you, please stay forever.