DANNY Rose’s future is under review – but for the moment he remains firmly a Spurs player.
The England Under-21 defender returned to White Hart Lane last week after completing a season-long loan to Sunderland.
And after impressing everyone at the Stadium of Light and hinted at his willingness to make the move to the North East a permanent one, Sunderland will look to sign the full-back this summer.
But Spurs’ boss Andre Villas Boas made it clear yesterday that Rose is not a player the Londoners are keen to offload.
“At the moment, Danny goes to the Under-21 Championship with England and will then return to our squad,” he said.
“He has had a great season in Sunderland. We are aware of it.
“He’s a player we have to consider.
“There are decisions to be made at this club in the summer. We have to look to build but we are also aware that we have to hold on to good players to improve as a club.”
Rose was at the game yesterday and will have heard his name chanted by Sunderland fans several times during the game.
Meanwhile, Villas-Boas felt his Spurs side would have cruised to victory over Sunderland had an early penalty been awarded to Gareth Bale.
The Player of the Year went down under a challenge with Seb Larsson in the 20th minute and was incensed to be shown a yellow card for diving instead of being given a spot-kick.
“I think it was a poor decision and very influential on the game.
“Had we scored, then Sunderland would have had to come at us and then we might easily have scored more.
“If we go ahead early in the game and the new filters through at Newcastle, then who knows? All of a sudden Arsenal might feel under much more pressure and the outcome could be different.”