Danny Rose has revealed that he had offers to leave Tottenham Hotspur in the summer transfer window.
The 24-year-old full-back has been on the books of Spurs since 2007, having moved to the North London outfit from Leeds United.
Rose has not always been impressive when given the chances at White Hart Lane, and was reported to be on his way out in the summer following the appointment of Mauricio Pochettino as the manager.
The Englishman has now given his side of the story and is quoted as saying by The Express: "If I'm being honest I did have a chance to go somewhere else.
“But when I met the gaffer two weeks before pre-season he told me he wanted me to stay here and fight for my place.
"When someone else comes in you want to know your position. But we've both had our fair share of games. I don't think you could say who is first choice at the moment.
“Of course I want to play every game, just like Ben does. But it makes things so much easier when the person you are up against is such a nice guy and easy to get on with.”
The arrival of fellow left-back Ben Davies from Swansea City in the summer transfer window was expected to limit Rose’s chances this season, but the 24-year-old has played pretty regularly.
Rose has featured in 14 Premier League matches so far this campaign, scoring one goal and creating 12 chances in the process.
"Actually, I am thankful for Ben coming here to be honest because it has helped me improve my game and I like to think I have helped him improve as well,” said the former England Under-21 international.
"Whenever he plays I watch him and look at his game to see where I can improve mine. I cheer him on and vice versa. There is no animosity whatsoever.
"Honestly it is great to have competition like that because you find out a lot about yourself when you decide to stay and fight instead of leaving.”
Tottenham are currently fifth in the Premier League table with 34 points from 20 matches, just two points behind fourth-placed Southampton.