New signing Danny Rose has revealed the exact moment he decided that he wanted to become a Newcastle United player this month.
Speaking to NUFC TV, the England international claims he contacted his agent while watching our recent win over Chelsea, picking up his phone after Jetro Willems was stretchered off with cruciate ligament injury.
Here’s what the 29-year-old had to say, insisting that HE instigated a move to the club:
“I did not need to be convinced.
“I was watching Newcastle play Chelsea and unfortunately Jetro Willems got injured.
“Afterwards I heard the commentator say they’d need a left-sided player.
“Straight away I called my agent and said: ‘I want to go – can you try to make it happen’.
“That’s literally how it all started.”
Rob Hawthorne and Alan Smith were on Sky’s commentary that day so fans can be grateful to them that Rose will be wearing a Newcastle shirt for the remainder of the season!
Rose also had some brilliant words to say about the club – and also reflected on his time in the north-east with bitter rivals Sunderland:
“Since I was 19 I always said to a friend, outside the top six, there are three teams I’d love to play for.
“Purely off the fanbase and how passionate they are.
“Newcastle was one of those teams.
“I can’t apologise for that because without Sunderland I wouldn’t be a Premier League player or England international or here with you today.
“When I was there I lived on the Quayside in Newcastle.
“I love Newcastle, I love the people and love northerners.”
Rose also reveals that he held conversations with DeAndre Yedlin and Nabil Bentaleb – two former Spurs team-mates – to help cement his decision to join the club.
“I messaged DeAndre Yedlin to get a feel for it.
“He spoke so highly of the manager and the lads.
“I was ringing Nabil Bentaleb and speaking to him and he’s settling in nicely so I can’t wait to get going.”
With the Euros around the corner for England, it is clear Rose is looking for first-team football to compete with Ben Chilwell for a starting spot – and that is something we can offer him.
He may have fallen out of favour at Spurs and be entering the latter stages of his career, but signing Rose shows intent from the club and proves we can still attract the star names to the North East.