Pochettino plays down Rose row

11 August 2017 08:44:57 EST

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has drawn a line under the recent comments made by defender Danny Rose about the ambition of the club.

Rose had called on Spurs to make some major moves in the transfer market to strengthen their squad, voicing his concern that other Premier League title rivals had already spent big this summer.

He apologised to everyone and now it's time to move on.

Danny Rose

However, Pochettino has attempted to move on from the recent controversy, as he prepares his players for the start of the new Premier League season.

He told reporters: "Of course he has a future and I want to keep him here. Nothing has changed on my perception of him.

"He signed a five-year contract last summer. This is more a problem for me, he's our player.

"He apologised to everyone and now it's time to move on. It's in the past. He needs to focus and try to get back in shape."

Earlier, England left-back Rose had issued a statement via his agents to apologise for his comments earlier this week about wanting Spurs to make major signings.

The statement read: "Having had time to consider my actions, I acknowledge now that the timing and manner of what I said was ill-judged.

"My words were not meant to offend and for that I would like to apologise to the chairman, manager and my team-mates and the fans.

"I'd also like to wish the lads good luck ahead of Sunday's game against Newcastle."

Rose will miss the game on Tyneside on Sunday due to a knee injury, with Tottenham 4/5 to win the game and 8/1 to claim a 2-1 victory, with Harry Kane available at 8/11 to score at any time.

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