Danny Rose has revealed that he would “love” to turn his loan move to St James’ Park into a permanent one this summer.
This comes from his latest interview for the club’s official matchday programme, which sees him talk about lockdown life, the return of football without fans, his time on Tyneside so far and the fact a club kitman now calls him ‘Chippy’!
Back to his future, he insists that he’s playing for his future over the coming weeks and desperate to impress, accepting that he’s on the way out of Spurs and keen to complete a secure a permanent deals at Newcastle when the transfer window reopens.
Here’s what he’s had to say about it all:
“First and foremost, I’m playing for my future,”
“I don’t think I need a bigger motivation than that.
“I’ve settled in very well, I love the lads and members of staff, and the fans. I’m currently staying in a hotel and, honestly, you wouldn’t believe the things that I have to say about how the hotel have treated me throughout all of this.
“The lengths that they’ve gone to, honestly – it’s been very surreal how nice people have been. They’ve tried everything to make sure my stay has been as smooth as possible.
“For me, I’d love to play for Newcastle for longer than what’s on my contract.
“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out that my days possibly are numbered at Spurs, and I’m playing for my future.
“There’s no bigger motivation for me. It’s probably the first time in my career where I’ve been in this situation – never have I been down to less than one year on my contract – so it’s a new experience for me.”
The Chronicle reported on Saturday that the current regime look set to pursue the England international, making it sound like straightforward deal to do when Spurs want rid, however there’s so many factors that could yet get in the way.
Firstly, will he be wanted by new owners (and potentially a new manager?!) if a Saudi takeover happens? Secondly, if Ashley stays (god forbid) will he pay out decent wages and a few million quid for a man who’s just turned 30?
It’s also worth noting that Lee Ryder revealed over the weekend that Spurs were demanding £20m for him in January, so that price tag will surely have to come down significantly for a player whose best days are probably behind him – whether he was wanted by Bruce, a new manager, Mike Ashley or new owners!
That said, it’s good that both he and Nabil Bentaleb have gone public about their interest in signing permanently, with The Chronicle also suggesting on Saturday that Valentino Lazaro had also ‘expressed an interest’ in staying.