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Rose: 'Mauricio has been like a father figure to us all'

Posted on 2 September 2016  - 16:54

Mauricio Pochettino has been true to the words he spoke to Danny Rose in the summer of 2014 – two years on, the flying full-back is turning those words into reality.

Danny Rose warms up with Kyle Walker at White Hart LaneScoring the equaliser against Liverpool last weekend

The 26-year-old has revealed that he was one of the first players Mauricio spoke to on his arrival at Spurs. “From day one, I trusted in him,” the manager told us after Danny secured a point against Liverpool last Saturday.

The feeling is certainly mutual.

Back from a season-long loan at Sunderland in 2012-13, Danny played 30 times in all competitions in 2013-14. Then Maurico arrived.

“It’s no secret when the manager came in that I was uncertain about my position here and rightly so, because the season before I didn’t do as well as I could have done,” Danny explained.

“The manager came in and spoke with me, I was one of the first people he spoke to.

“We talked about a lot of things for about an hour and one of the first things he said was if I entered into his philosophy, he would make me into an England player, so he’s been true to his word.

“A lot of hard work has gone in, a lot of patience from the manager as well. Not everything has been great, he’s had to put up with a lot of mistakes I’ve made but he’s always stuck by me.

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“Whenever he’s had to tell me off or say I’ve not done something right, there has always been great advice at the end of it.

“He’s been like a father figure to myself and a lot of the players here. I owe the manager and his staff a lot of praise and I hope I can continue like this during this season.”

Danny played 34 times in all competitions in 2014-15, including 27 starts in the Premier League.

Last season he excelled again, this time with 30 appearances in all competitions as he continued to share left-back duties with Ben Davies. That competition pushed his game on and he earned his first full England cap against Germany in March before taking a place in the squad for the European Championships. He was also named in the PFA’s Team of the Year.

He added: “Mauricio is a joy to work with and I’m thankful Tottenham have got him here, got him to sign a new contract and now I hope he’ll see out those five years and even more.

“I’ve learned a lot, the fans can see I’ve tried to improve and I give everything when I play. That is largely down to the manager and his staff.”