DANNY ROSE is relieved his future has been resolved until the end of the campaign.
Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas confirmed last weekend that Rose would be allowed to complete his season-long loan at Sunderland, even if there was little chance of the left-back remaining at the Stadium of Light beyond the summer.
Sunderland had feared Spurs could activate the January recall clause in Rose’s loan deal after the England Under-21 international has made such a positive impression since arriving on Wearside on August transfer deadline day.
But Rose, who has previously revealed his eagerness to join Sunderland on a permanent deal, is glad Villas-Boas has provided some clarity after revelling in the opportunity for regular first-team football with the Black Cats.
Rose said: “I spoke to the manager (Villas-Boas) on Saturday and asked him what was happening because I wanted to know myself.
“I’m very happy up north. I’m close to my family and playing every week.
“I love the staff, players and management here and I’m not looking to go back south and not play.
“I’m settled here so I wanted to know what was going on.
“He told me the plan was to stay for the full season and whatever happens after that is out of my hands. Then it’s between Sunderland and Spurs.”
Rose will return to the starting line-up at Liverpool tomorrow night after he was ineligible to face his parent club in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat.
The 22-year-old was a significant miss, with centre-half Matt Kilgallon shoehorned into the left-back slot before being withdrawn just after the hour mark.
But Rose hopes the break will prove beneficial after he has been battling an ankle injury for the past fortnight.
“The rest will do me good to a certain extent,” said Rose.
“You don’t want to take too many days off because you lose your fitness.
“But it’s been good to get my feet up for a few days because I’ve got a sore ankle at the minute.
“I obviously couldn’t play with the rules and regulations and it’s very frustrating not being able to play in a game you want to play in.
“It was a shame we conceded two sloppy goals after going into the break 1-0 up.
“But the lads have just got to forget about it. The games come thick and fast now and we’ve just got to move on.
“It was difficult for Killa, it is for any centre-half moving to a full-back position.
“He tried against Aaron Lennon, who is one of the best wingers in the league.
“But hopefully I can get back in the team tomorrow and continue the good things I’ve been doing.”