Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino cannot afford to ostracise Danny Rose despite the defender being in a “strange” situation at the club, according to Danny Mills.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Manchester City and England defender says that the Spurs full-back has found himself caught in a position where he might remain at the club despite seeming set for the exit earlier this summer

After being excluded from the club’s pre-season tour of Asia, the Llywhites confirming he was left behind to “explore prospective opportunities with other clubs,” he returned not only to the squad but to the starting XI for their Audi Cup clash against Real Madrid on Tuesday afternoon.

Mills says there now appears to be a real possibility the 29-year-old could remain in north London with Tottenham and that manager Pochettino has a balancing act to carry out to make sure the full-back feels valued.


Mills told Football Insider: “It’s a very strange one, isn’t it? Danny Rose has been quite vocal about (how he’s) maybe fallen out of love with football a little bit. 

“You do get this delicate balance that you do not want to ostracise players that you might need if they do not leave. As much as you want to be strong as a club and as a manager, you have to be a little bit careful.

“You cannot just be like: ‘Right, let’s get rid of Danny Rose, done and dusted.’ You have to keep him around, keep him involved, keep him happy just in case he doesn’t leave because there is every chance you may well need him and if injury or something happened, he would be absolutely vital to the side.”

Rose was a mainstay for Tottenham last season, featuring 37 times across all competitions and he has a total of 198 appearances for the north London heavyweights under his belt.

His time at Spurs has also elevated him to England’s first-choice left-back with 27 caps under his belt for the Three Lions.

In other Tottenham news, it can be REVEALED that talks have opened with a northern club over one of Spurs’ players after a £15million deal was agreed.