Alex Bruce admits that he has been left scratching his head after Tottenham defender Danny Rose admitted he wanted to leave the club back in 2017.

The former Premier League centre-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists that the left-back is entitled to his opinion but suggests leaving would have been a mistake.

Speaking during an Instagram Live chat, as relayed by, Rose revealed he had a chance to leave Spurs in 2017 and admitted that a part of him wished it was him heading out the door when Kyle Walker left for Manchester City.

Having seen Spurs reach the Champions League final last season, Bruce believes Rose may well have regretted leaving the north Londoners – even if they did end up on the losing side.

Reacting to Rose’s comments, Bruce told Football Insider: “I think individuals are always entitled to their opinion.

“Danny Rose might have turned round and said that but on the flip side of that he wouldn’t have played in the Champions League final like he did last year at Spurs – you don’t get much bigger than that! 

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“I think some players come out with comments and you have to say fine, you’re entitled to your opinion but sometimes you have to scratch your head at them because where’s he going to go bigger? He was playing in the Champions League final 12 months ago.”

Speaking on the don.emusic Instagram channel, Rose said: “I was doing well in the 2016/17 season and I maybe had a chance of leaving and I got injured and it killed me.

“Kyle Walker left, which he deserved to and I am over the moon for him, but part of me wished that was me.”

In other Tottenham news, Darren Bent has urged the Lilywhites to bin a “liability” for a four-time Serie A winner.