Mauricio Pochettino is looking to move on from Danny Rose’s criticism of Tottenham’s pay structure and transfer strategy by declaring he has forgiven the England defender.
Rose apologised for his comments in a statement released shortly before Spurs’ press conference to preview Sunday’s Premier League match against Newcastle.
The 27-year-old told The Sun on the eve of the new season that “I know my worth and I will make sure I get what I am worth”, and implored the board to sign “world-class players” and “not players you have to google and say, ‘who’s that?'”.
A day later Rose, who is reportedly a transfer target for Chelsea and Manchester United, issued a full mea culpa.
“Having had time to consider my actions, I acknowledge now that the timing and manner of what I said was ill-judged,” said Rose, who is recovering from knee surgery.
”My words were not meant to offend and for that I would like to apologise to the chairman, manager, my team-mates and the fans. I’d also like to wish the lads good luck ahead of Sunday’s game against Newcastle.”
Tottenham refused to disclose whether Rose has been disciplined, declaring it to be a “private matter”, and Pochettino insists the defender’s apology has brought the issue to a close.
“Danny apologised to the club, chairman, manager, team-mates and fans. This was important and good,” Pochettino said.
“Sometime as a player you are frustrated for different reasons. But the players are calm and the club is calm. I forgive him.
“It was his opinion and then he understood that maybe he needed to apologise to us, and that is very good for him and the club. For me it’s not a big issue. Now we move on.”
Pochettino revealed that he plans to speak to Rose on Saturday, claiming “it will not be a problem”, and is certain he will remain at White Hart Lane.
“Last summer he signed a five-year contract. This matter is not a problem for myself,” Pochettino said.
“He’s our player and he needs to be focused on being fit as soon as possible to be available.
“Since January he’s been working hard to fix his problem and our medical staff are working hard with him.
“Of course (he has a future at Tottenham). Nothing has changed over my perception of him. He apologised and everyone needs to move on. For me this situation is the past.”
Tottenham have yet to recruit any players this summer but Pochettino reassured fans there will be new arrivals.
“Over the last five years Tottenham have always signed players and spent money at the end of the window,” he said.
“I don’t understand why now it’s a big issue when before it wasn’t. We are so calm. The team is ready to compete.
“I’m sure we’ll add some players who will strengthen the squad, like every season. With the players we have we can compete in a very good way.”