Tottenham’s Danny Rose said he was left “fuming” by his north London derby snub but insists he understood the decision and has not fallen out with manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Rose was not even named on the bench for Saturday’s defeat to Arsenal as Pochettino felt he would be better off doing a fitness session at the club’s training ground.
The move prompted renewed speculation surrounding the future of the England defender, who had to apologise in August after suggesting he would be open to leaving Spurs.
However, speaking after Tottenham beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in the Champions League on Tuesday, Rose sought to clarify his reaction to missing out against the Gunners.
“My reaction was I was fuming, I was angry, but understanding at the same time,” Rose said, in comments reported in the British press.
“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.”
“Me and the manager have not fallen out, not had an argument,” he added. “I was angry about not being involved in the squad, but at the same time, I understand and I respect his views.”
Rose played 90 minutes for the first time since January against Dortmund after spending nine months out with a knee injury.
He has only started three games for Tottenham since his return but feels he is now ready for a run in the team.
Rose said he remained committed to Tottenham this season.
“Nothing’s changed,” he 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.” – Agence France-Presse