December 7 2013 Latest news:
By Ben Pearce, Tottenham correspondent
Monday, September 2, 2013
Danny Rose admits Tottenham will miss Gareth Bale’s match-winning ability, but he believes the substantial investment in Spurs’ squad has laid the foundations for a bright new dawn at White Hart Lane.
Bale completed a world-record £85million move to Real Madrid yesterday evening, shortly after Arsenal had overcome the Lilywhites in the north London derby, and Rose concedes that the Welsh star could well have made a decisive difference against the Gunners with his talent for individual moments of magic.
However, Spurs’ left-back says his former team-mate deserves his dream move after his stunning rise at Tottenham, and he is he thrilled that Bale how has the chance to join forces with the Galacticos at the Bernabeu.
“Even in the games that we’ve won against Swansea and Palace, there are moments where Gareth would have just unlocked the game a lot earlier than when we’ve scored, and he would have enjoyed being out there [against Arsenal],” said Rose.
“But I don’t think anyone can hold a grudge against him leaving. Me especially, I wish him all the best and I hope he enjoys the occasion at Madrid.
“It’s brilliant for him. He did have a bit of a tough start in the first couple of years when he was here, so it’s amazing to see the way he’s come on in leaps and bounds – and now he potentially could be rubbing shoulders with Ronaldo and Benzema and players like that.
“I’m thoroughly excited for him, I wish him the very best and I hope he can get me some tickets for El Classico!”
Bale’s historic fee has gone a long way towards funding more than £100m of investment in Paulinho, Nacer Chadli, Roberto Soldado, Etienne Capoue, Vlad Chiriches, Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen.
And, as a new-look Spurs outfit look ahead to a future without the PFA Player of the Year, Rose is looking forward to the new era.
“I’ve been here six years now and it is a little bit surreal seeing Spurs spending that sort of money, but it’s good that the chairman sees that we’re not far away from breaking into the top four,” he said. “We just need to push on to that next level and he [Daniel Levy] is allowing the manager to build his squad, and it’s great.
“You look through the whole team and you see that we’ve probably got two strong players in each position - we’ve got a great squad this season. It’s a bit sad to see the faces go who have left, but we’re looking to push on now.
“Soldado’s come in and he’s scored four in his first three games. Etienne’s come in and he’s looked very solid, so I’d say those two have come in and they’ve not looked out of place.
“With the £30m signing of Lamela, I hope people don’t expect too much from him too soon, and that they allow him to settle in and adapt, and we’ll all make him feel welcome.
“We’ve started well and we’ve got Norwich when we get back from the international break, and it will be a game that we’re all looking to win to get our season firing again.”
The rapid influx of players appeared to be a factor yesterday as Spurs lost 1-0 to their bitter north London rivals Arsenal at the Emirates, going down to a settled Gunners side who started the game without any new recruits.
“Was that an issue? Possibly,” said Rose. “You could maybe say that some of [our new players] don’t understand the experience of the north London derby - but still we’ve played well.
“There are not many teams that can go to the Emirates and have Arsenal penned in their own half for periods of the game, so we’re a bit disappointed that we didn’t manage to nick a draw.
“Obviously it’s not nice to lose any game, especially the derby. We started the season well and we all wanted to try to get the three points and enjoy a good international break, but it’s not the case and everyone is bitterly disappointed.
“It’s far too early to say that we’re going to finish above Arsenal just yet, but we’ve given ourselves a good platform to work from with our two wins against Swansea and Palace, as well as two good, convincing performances in the Europa League qualifiers.
“It’s far too early to try to guess where we’re going to finish at the moment, but the objective is definitely to finish in the top four this season.
“For a neutral the Premier League is looking very exciting. We’ve seen Liverpool playing some great football - they’ve got Daniel Sturridge on form – and Chelsea have got seven points while Man United have been beaten this weekend, so it really is wide open.
“With me being involved with Tottenham for the first time since I’ve been here, I’m thoroughly excited to see where we can finish this season because I think it will go down to the wire again, like last season.”
Rose has started the season as Spurs’ first-choice left-back – but with 11 hours of the transfer window remaining, he must wait for a little while longer before being assured of his position, and he is expecting some more arrivals today.
“We’ve got an injury to Etienne – we’ve got to see how serious that is - so there may be one or two new faces coming in,” he said.
“But I spoke to the manager about the left-back situation and he’s assured me that if he wants a change he’d come and speak to me himself first, so that’s great. It’s just ‘wait and see’.
“From a personal point of view, I’m not looking to go anywhere just yet. I’m enjoying the run in the team at the moment and long may it continue.”
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