Jose Mourinho downplays training ground bust-up with Danny Rose and insists he has ‘no problem’ with the defender despite heated exchange after he left him out of Watford clash
- Sportsmail revealed that Jose Mourinho and Danny Rose had a row at training
- The Tottenham manager has played down talk of a bust-up on Sunday morning
- Mourinho insists he has no issue with Rose, who was unhappy at being left out
- The England defender felt he was fit and ready to face Watford at Vicarage Road
Jose Mourinho has played down his heated exchange with Danny Rose, insisting he has ‘no problem’ with the England defender after they clashed at training.
As reported by Sportsmail, Rose and Mourinho had words after the left back was left out of Saturday’s game against Watford.
The Tottenham boss said he had a ‘good’ relationship with his players and explained that Rose, 29, didn’t feature against either Watford or Middlesbrough because of his form and a back injury.
Jose Mourinho (left) has played down a training ground bust-up with Danny Rose (right)
‘I don’t have any problem with him,’ Mourinho said at his press conference on Tuesday.
‘The reason he was not selected against Middlesbrough is we have a young left back we want to develop and it was a great opportunity to play (Ryan) Sessegnon. And also because his performance against Liverpool was not phenomenal.
‘On the Thursday before Watford, late evening, I got a call from my medical staff saying that Danny was calling them with a problem in his back and he wouldn’t train the next day. So Friday, the day before the game, it was a bit of surprise that he was ready to train.
Mourinho hands the ball to Rose during Tottenham’s 1-0 defeat against Liverpool this month
Rose, pictured during the warm-up before facing Liverpool, thought he was fit to face Watford
‘It was not a big problem but even so I decided then to play with Japhet Tanganga and have Ryan on the bench. That’s the situation.’
Rose felt he was fit to feature in the 0-0 draw at Vicarage Road but his manager decided to leave him out.
‘My medical department know that it’s very important for me to know for my next training session if my players are available.
‘They called me to say that if I needed a left back for my training session, it was better to call the academy and bring Dennis Cirkin because Danny Rose was not available to play.’
Mourinho said the defender is fit for Wednesday night’s Premier League game with Norwich at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Mourinho gestures on the touchline during Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Watford at Vicarage Road
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