Danny Rose hints at Spurs unrest amid Manchester United interest
Tottenham full-back Danny Rose has suggested he is being underpaid and hinted he may be prepared to leave the club if they don't sign star names in an inflammatory interview in The Sun.
Rose has been strongly linked with moves to Manchester United and Chelsea in recent weeks and after reports on Wednesday suggested he was 'happy' to be linked with Tottenham's Premier League rivals, he has offered up an interview that is certain to fuel rumours about his future.
While Rose stops short of stating he wants to leave Spurs in the back page story, his comments highlight an issue that has long threatened to undermine the progress made by Mauricio Pochettino's side over the last couple of season.
Tottenham's tight wage structure is controlled by chairman Daniel Levy and Rose is paid a reported £60,000-a-week, which is considerably less than his former team-mate Kyle Walker now earns after his £50m move to Manchester City last month.
It may be no coincidence that Rose and Walker share an agent who will be fully aware of the riches on offer at clubs likes Manchester City or Manchester United, with these comments certain to cause a stir at Tottenham a few days before the start of the Premier League season.
"I would love to see more signings… I want world-class players to come through the front door to make you fight for your place," states Rose.
"Time is running out and I do want to win trophies. I don’t want to play football for 15 years and not have one trophy or one medal.
"One thing is for sure — I know my worth and I will make sure I get what I am worth. I am not playing as well as I have done not to get paid what I think I am worth.
"I’m not saying I want out, but if something came to me that was concrete, I’d have no qualms about voicing my opinions to anyone at the club."
The suggestion that he is not being paid what he is worth at Tottenham is one of the more significant comments in the article, with the Doncaster-born defender hinting he would like to return to a club in northern England at some point in his career.
Spurs officials will be concerned that Rose's comments will echo the feelings of several first team members, with defender Toby Alderweireld admitting earlier this month that he has yet to be offered a contract extension by the club despite his eagerness to open talks over a new deal.
Tottenham's top wage earners Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris are reported to earn around £100,000-per-week, but both could double their wages if they moved to a rival Premier League club and Rose has highlighted that point in his interview.
These comments may be viewed as an invitation for Manchester United to make a bid for Rose, with Old Trafford boss Jose Mourinho keen to strengthen his squad in a summer when he has already signed Romelu Lukaku, Victor Lindelof and Nemanja Matic.