Danny Rose: "I'm slowly turning into a southerner!"
Thu 22 September 2016, 11:30|Tottenham Hotspur
There was a time when Danny Rose couldn’t wait to get back to his Doncaster roots.
How those times have changed. The flying full-back has signed a new deal committing him to the Club until 2021 - that would make it 14 years here - and he would love to end his career at Spurs.
“Anything can happen in football but right now, I’m so happy,” said Danny. “I’m settled here. I’m slowly turning into a southerner! I’ll be here until I’m 31 and at the moment, I couldn’t wish for anything more than to play for Spurs for the rest of my career.
“Everyone knows that the Club is going in the right direction and I’m over the moon that I’ve earned a new contract that will keep me here until I’m an old man!”
Danny admits to some tough days when he first moved down to Spurs from Leeds United in the summer of 2007 - a 16-year-old a long way from home.
“It was hard when I first moved down to Essex and Tottenham, I was going home every chance I could," he recalled.
“I wasn’t playing regularly and it’s only been the last three or four years where I’ve felt more settled, more part of the Club and part of the team and I’m loads happier. The manager has had a lot to do with that and so has the chairman, to be fair.
Below: Danny speaks to Spurs TV
“I’m settled, I love living down south and funnily enough, when I get the chance to go back home to Doncaster, I don’t go back too much now. I would never have thought that when I first moved down here.”
From those tougher times, Danny is currently England’s first-choice left-back with his performances earning international recognition last season.
His form has continued into this season and he scored a big equaliser against Liverpool before hooking up with the England squad again and setting up a last-minute winner for Adam Lallana in Slovakia. Unfortunately he picked up a hamstring injury on international duty and has missed our last four matches, including our Champions League opener at Wembley.
Below: Danny at Hotspur Way
“I don’t want to blow my own trumpet but I feel I’ve played well in the last 18 months and if I’m happy off the pitch, that transfers to the pitch,” he added.
“It helps when you are playing with 11 of your friends and under a great manager as well and the environment we train in is top-class.
“It’s just a pain I’m injured at the moment. It was hard listening to the result coming through at Stoke (and not being involved) and hard watching the Champions League game last week as well. The quicker I can get back on the pitch and contribute to the team, the better.”