Danny Rose insists he has no regrets about his time with Tottenham Hotspur ahead of the end of his contract.
The full-back will be released at the end of the month having spent last season in the wilderness, training with the club’s under-23s. It will bring an end to a 14-year spell with Tottenham after he joined them from Leeds United as a teenager in 2007. His long stint with the club has not ended in the way he would have hoped for.
Nevertheless, the 30-year-old insisted he has no regrets, apart from not managing to win any silverware.
Rose told the club’s website: “I’m over the moon that I made that choice to come here in 2007.
“I wish we could have won something together but the club are not far away from that and obviously I wish everybody at the club the best of luck going forward.
“On the whole, the club and the chairman have been brilliant towards me. For 14 years I’ve pretty much driven the same route in to training every day.
“It’s all I’ve known really. It’s going to be strange if and when I join a new team because I’m going to be taking a different route to training. But I’m grateful to the club for bringing me in in 2007 as a 17-year-old and I feel very privileged to have experienced some of Tottenham’s great days.
“I was given an opportunity this season to pass some of that knowledge on. I’d like to think that I’ve done that and I leave the football club a better person, a better professional, a better human than I was when I arrived 14 years ago.”
Rose reflects on different role
Rose has had a different role this season, helping those who are at a similar stage of their careers as he was when he joined Tottenham.
He added: “The Under-23s, they’ve become a part of me and I see them all as my little brothers. When I was part of the first team and the younger lads used to come up and train, I’d get pretty heated sometimes in training and I used to give them a bit of a hard time.
“But looking back at that now, I feel quite bad that I used to be quite so harsh on them because after spending the year with them, I’ve seen how hard they work. I’ve seen how excited they get when they get called up to train with the first team and it’s been a real eye-opener.
“Of course, in an ideal scenario, I wish that I could have been part of Tottenham’s first team but I’ve loved every minute of my time here. I’m going to miss everybody.
“It’s been difficult but the club, even though I wasn’t part of the first team, they’ve still given me brilliant facilities to continue to train here and they’ve put me in an environment with the Under-23s where there are still first-class training sessions.
“I’m obviously disappointed that I’ve come to the end of a chapter but I’m excited to see what happens in the future with myself.”