Monday 17 December 2018

Tottenham boss Pochettino: Past is in past and Danny Rose is part of my plans

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says Danny Rose, pictured, is part of his plans
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says Danny Rose, pictured, is part of his plans

Mauricio Pochettino insists Tottenham defender Danny Rose does have a long-term future at the club.

Rose came off the bench against Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday to make his first appearance since suffering a knee injury almost nine months ago.

It was also Rose's first game back since suggesting in August he would be open to leaving the north London outfit, and questioning the club's transfer policy.

Pochettino has shown little patience with such indiscipline in the past, but s aid on Friday that Rose is now happy at Spurs and ready to stay long term.

"Of course, he has four years more on his contract, of course," the Argentinian said of the 27-year-old.

"You could see he helped the team in the final few minutes against Real Madrid. He is happy, his behaviour is fantastic.

"His mind is clear that what happened is in the past and we need to move on. He is part of my plans. The past is in the past.

"In life they are young and they can mistakes but the most important thing is that they can learn from that. Fans want the best for the team and Danny is our player.

"Our fans are fantastic and they show good love and that they care for our players."

Rose is unlikely to start against Liverpool on Sunday as he is still regaining match fitness, while Ben Davies has recovered from the illness that prevented him from playing at the Santiago Bernabeu.

There was worse news, however, regarding the fitness of both Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama.

Wanyama will see a specialist next week as he continues to struggle with a knee problem, while Dembele's injury-ridden campaign is now being hampered by a fresh hip problem.

Dembele's latest setback came in a training session on Monday, after the Belgian had already been sidelined by foot and ankle issues this season.

On Wanyama, Pochettino said: "We are concerned about his situation, must wait to see what happens when he sees the specialist. We have no clear idea what is going on."

On Dembele, Pochettino's assistant Jesus Perez added: "We don't know how serious it is, it has been three or four days since the incident and he can't cope with the intensity of the training."

The outlook for Erik Lamela is more optimistic.

Lamela has endured a nightmare year due to a problem with his hips, but Pochettino said the winger could be among the substitutes for next week's Carabao Cup tie against West Ham.

If he plays at the London Stadium, it would be exactly a year to the day since Lamela's last appearance in the same competition.

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