CONTENTED Danny Rose has once again hinted at his desire to turn his Sunderland stay into a permanent move in the summer.
Despite Andre Villas-Boas insisting a summer switch is “impossible” for the highly-rated defender, the Black Cats are understood to have made the Leeds-born player one of their top close-season targets.
The club are braced for a saga though, with Tottenham always likely to try and extract maximum value when they are selling young, English players.
They may look for upwards of £6million for the left-back, and Sunderland know from their dealings with Spurs over Alan Hutton that it may prove difficult to do business on their own terms.
Sunderland wanted to sign Scot Hutton after a successful loan period but were quoted £8million, at which point they walked away from the deal.
Rose himself couldn’t be happier at Sunderland, insisting it is a major disappointment that he only has three more months of his loan left.
In a major boost for the Black Cats’ hopes of landing him, he also says that being closer to his family has been a huge contri-buting factor to his fine form.
Rose certainly seems ready to
call time on his Tottenham career, having admitted that it will be difficult to force his way past more expensive and established players at White Hart Lane.
“For the last couple of seasons it has been very hard for me at Spurs. I have not been playing as much as I want,” he said.
“This is the first time I have actually been given a chance to play week-in, week-out.
“The fact I am up north has helped massively. My parents can come a lot easier.
“There’s also a great bunch of lads here who have helped me settle in. So have the management and everyone around the club.
“Having come up here, I suppose I did ask myself if I could handle myself playing week-in, week-out because I haven’t had that yet. I was playing one game here, one game there.
“I didn’t know before I came here if I could handle that.
“I am grateful I have had my chance and done well. I have enjoyed my football.
“It’s the first time in a long time I have not wanted the season to finish. It’s just a shame there’s only three months left.
“I don’t know what will happen after that.”
There was an option for Tottenham to take Rose back in January but he never felt that was going to happen.
“In terms of me going back to Tottenham I wasn’t that bothered about it. I knew it wouldn’t have made much sense me going back there,” he added.
“They seemed quite happy with Vertonghen playing left-back and (Kyle) Naughton. I had spoken to people there and I knew Benoit (Assou-Ekotto) was also on his way back. That wasn’t an issue for me.
“We played Spurs on the December 29 and I spoke to the manager then. I told him I wanted to know what was happening.
“He said it would be better for my development to play here for a full season.
“During my last few years at Tottenham, I have come in for a game and no matter how well I have played, when someone who is older or worth more money than you is available for the next game, they come back into the team.
“I don’t want to be doing that. I am at an age now where I want to play every week. I am just grateful that Martin O’Neill has brought me here, he has trusted me and put me straight in to the team against Liverpool in September. I have not looked back since.”