Jose Mourinho has moved to quell reports in the media that suggested he was involved in a training ground altercation with Tottenham left-back Danny Rose.
The pair were reported to have clashed after Rose with said to be unhappy, having been left out of Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Watford.
The topic was top of the agenda when Mourinho faced the media on Tuesday to preview Wednesday’s clash against Norwich.
Mourinho revealed he left Rose out of the game at Vicarage Road after being told late on Thursday night that the defender had a back injury.
“Then on the Thursday before Watford late evening I got a call from my medical staff saying that Danny was calling them with a problem in his back and he wouldn’t train the next day,” Mourinho added.
“Friday it was a bit of a surprise to see him training, but even so I decided to play with (Japhet) Tanganga and have Ryan (Sessegnon) on the bench. That is the situation.”
Tottenham, meanwhile, are reported to have made contact with Real Sociedad over a deal for their star striker William Jose – but are unwilling to meet the Brazilian’s €70m exit clause.
Mourinho is in the market for a new frontman after losing Harry Kane to what looks a season-ending hamstring injury and a number of names have been linked.
However, El Diario Vasco [via Sport Witness] claims Jose Mourinho’s No 1 option is Real Sociedad’s Brazilian striker William Jose, with the Basque newspaper claiming officials from Tottenham have already been in contact with the LaLiga outfit over a prospective deal. Read more….