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Mourinho denies Rose rift ahead of City visit

PUBLISHED: 16:03 21 January 2020 | UPDATED: 16:07 21 January 2020

Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho had to answer questions over a reported  bust up with defender Danny Rose ahead of Norwich City's Premier League visit Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho had to answer questions over a reported bust up with defender Danny Rose ahead of Norwich City's Premier League visit Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Paul Chesterton

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has played down reports of a training ground bust-up with Danny Rose ahead of Norwich City's Premier League visit.

The Spurs head coach denied suggestions he had clashed with Rose, after he was left out of Saturday's 0-0 draw at Watford, having also missed the midweek FA Cup win over Middlesbrough.

Mourinho said he had no issues with his left-back.

"No. Between me and Danny? No," he said, speaking at his pre-match press call on Tuesday when asked if there had been a disagreement. "My relationship with my players is good and I love to work with my group. And that's it.

"I don't know what you mean by tension in the air, I don't have any problem with him. He was not selected against Watford and Middlesbrough. The reason he was not selected against Middlesbrough is we have a young left-back we want to develop and it was a great opportunity to play (Ryan) Sessegnon.

"And also because his performance against Liverpool was not phenomenal. 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. So Friday, the day before the game, it was a bit of surprise that he was ready to train.

"It was not a big problem but even so I decided then to play with (Japhet) Tanganga and have Ryan on the bench. That's the situation."

With just 10 days left of the transfer window, Mourinho was not prepared to update on any movements, either signings or the potential sale of Christian Eriksen.

Eriksen, who Inter Milan have reportedly bid for, will be involved in Wednesday's Premier League game against Norwich.

"In relation to Christian, the answer is not good for you. But that is the answer, and the answer he is selected for (Wednesday). He is selected for (Wednesday), he will play (on Wednesday)."

Spurs will have Tanguy Ndombele back against Norwich after a hip injury which kept him out for four games, much to Mourinho's apparent frustration.

"He's ready, he's not ready for 90 minutes," he said. "He will be involved. He will be selected. I'm not telling you to start or come later, but no injury.

"Completely free. Just a question of condition and mentality to be ready, but he's back (on Wednesday).

"Let's see. I am confident he can stay fit but let's see. We know what he can give to the team.

"If I focus on the few minutes or matches that he played for us I saw qualities that are very important for a team to play like we do.

"But of course, it is not nice to play a game and after 15 minutes be out, it is not nice to play one game and then stops for two, three or four.

"This last week he worked individual work with fitness coach to bring his level up and then he was integrated with the team without any kind of problem and hopefully (on Wednesday) it is a good start for him."

Ben Davies (ankle), Hugo Lloris (elbow), Harry Kane (hamstring) and Moussa Sissoko (knee) are all out.

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