Tottenham Hotspur ace Danny Rose admits the summer recruitment of fellow full-back Ben Davies almost prompted him to turn his back on the club, the Daily Star reports.
The 24-year-old left-back was only a bit-part player last season, making 22 Premier League appearances as he struggled to nail down a regular first-team spot.
The left-back slot was regarded as an area to strengthen following Mauricio Pochettino’s arrival as boss and Ben Davies, formerly of Swansea City, was sounded out as the ideal signing.
The Welsh international joined with an excellent CV and top pedigree, subsequently causing Rose to consider his options in fear of being pushed further down the Spurs left-back pecking order.
"When Ben arrived I was fully ready to look elsewhere,” Rose admitted to reporters of the Daily Star.
“I didn't have a good season last season and I spoke to the manager two weeks before pre-season and he said;' No '. He said that I wasn't going anywhere.
"He wanted me to stay and fight and I did that. The club offered me a new contract which I may not have deserved considering the season I had just had.”
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Despite the competition for places, the former Leeds United youngster has established himself as a regular this season, playing in 23 Premier League matches thus far.
As per the table provided by Opta Stats, Rose has been incredibly consistent at the back, averaging 2.61 tackles and 6.74 defensive duel winners per league match – among Spurs’ best performers.
His form has not only impressed Pochettino but also England coach Roy Hodgson who called Rose up to his international squad, but he had to pull out through injury.