Jose Mourinho has dismissed claims from Danny Rose that he wasn’t given a chance at Tottenham following the Portuguese’s arrival as manager in November.
England international Rose left the club during the January transfer window after falling out-of-favour in north London, joining Premier League rivals Newcastle on a loan deal until the end of the season.
The full-back has since spoken out on his Spurs exit, believing he wasn’t given a chance to prove his worth to Mourinho following his arrival as Mauricio Pochettino’s successor at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
“I do feel I wasn’t given as much of a chance as everybody else in the backline,” Rose told BBC Radio 5 Live last week.
🏴 Danny Rose believes he was not given the same opportunities as fellow team-mates to prove himself to Jose Mourinho:
😠 “I was not given as much of a chance as everybody else. I knew after a month I was never going to play.”
— Last Word On Spurs🎙 (@LastWordOnSpurs) February 7, 2020
“I did want to play for him.”
Ahead of this weekend’s trip to face Aston Villa, Mourinho has refuted the 29-year-old’s claims, insisting Rose was given an opportunity in some of the club’s most ‘important matches’ to stake his claim for regular inclusion under the new manager.
“For Danny Rose it was great opportunity to play three very important matches,” Mourinho said at his pre-match press conference.
“He played against Liverpool and Olympiakos, probably the two more important matches that we had to play, and also against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
“So a great opportunity to play three matches and show me what he’s capable of doing.”