I’m The Boss, Pochettino Warns ‘Fuming’ Rose

Tottenham Hotspur’s Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino. Photo: PATRIK STOLLARZ / AFP

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino insists he has no problem with Danny Rose’s angry response to being dropped for the north London derby, but he warned the England left-back he isn’t afraid to make more big selection decisions.

Rose admitted he was “fuming” at being left out of the squad for Tottenham’s 2-0 defeat at Arsenal on Saturday before returning to the starting line-up for Tuesday’s Champions League victory at Borussia Dortmund.

Although Rose was adamant there was no row with Pochettino, his frustration continued a trend of publicly airing his grievances.

The 27-year-old has made just four appearances this season, and only one Premier League start, after losing his place to Ben Davies.

He was fined by Tottenham in the close-season and forced to apologise for an interview in which he criticised the club’s wage structure and hinted he wanted to leave.

Pochettino maintains he is happy to see Rose show some emotion because it proves he cares.

“I understand if after he was angry, like other players who do not play, and I like it when players feel that emotion because it looks like they’re interested in helping the team and want to play,” Pochettino said on Thursday.

“But in front of me he never was upset or angry, he never showed this emotion. He was normal in his behaviour.

“You can ask me about him or Georges-Kevin Nkoudou or Paulo Gazzaniga or when (Kieran) Trippier or Ben Davies were not involved.

“If you say ‘were they upset?’ Of course. Disappointed? Of course. Angry? Of course. Fuming? Of course. Because they want to play. But I am the boss. That is the problem for the players.”

Pochettino has to decide whether to stick with Rose or restore Davies to the starting line-up for Saturday’s game at home to West Bromwich Albion.

In the long-term, Rose’s future with the north London club could be in doubt.

Pochettino has already shown he won’t tolerate unfocused players by selling Kyle Walker to Manchester City after the England right-back had his head turned by an approach from Pep Guardiola’s side.

For now, the Argentine refused to reveal his plans for Rose’s future

“I think it’s not a moment to talk about that, all the players have contracts with us, they’re all involved in our project,” Pochettino said.

“Now you cannot guess what’s going to happen in the future, and with myself it’s the same. It’s about arriving at the moment and taking the best decision for the club.”

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Barcelona Target Dembele Misses Dortmund Training

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Borussia Dortmund manager Peter Bosz said Barcelona target Ousmane Dembele missed training on Thursday.

Bosz said the Bundesliga club had been unable to contact Dembele, “We have tried to reach him and hope that nothing bad has happened,” he told reporters.

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The 20-year-old French forward is reportedly a £135million target for the Catalan Giant as a replacement for Neymar.

Some media outlets have spoken about an agreement between Dembele and the Catalan team although Dortmund have not confirmed this.

With rumours of a transfer fee of between 120 and 150 million euros, should the move take place it would make Dembele the second most expensive player in the world after Neymar.

Neymar, the Brazilian forward signed a five-year contract with French club Paris Saint-Germain in a record € 222 million transfer. 

Vertonghen Signs New Tottenham Deal

Vertonghen Signs New Tottenham Deal  Tottenham defender, Jan Vertonghen, has signed a new deal that would keep him at white hart lane until 2019.

The Belgium International, joined from Ajax in July 2012 and immediately established himself as a vital part of their back four.

Vertonghen became the latest spurs player to commit his future to the club after striker, Harry Kane, signed fresh terms on Thursday.

Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Eric Dier, Danny Rose and Kyle Walker, have also signed new deals since the start of the 2016/2017 season.