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Rose will not wilt under pressure

24 Aug 2013 16:19:07

Rose will not wilt under pressure

Danny Rose is not fazed by the possibility of having to compete with Portugal left-back Fabio Coentrao for a place in the Tottenham first team.

After spending the majority of the last five years out on loan, Rose is making the most of his run in the Tottenham starting XI.

Rose impressed so much in pre-season that Andre Villas-Boas handed the 23-year-old the number three shirt for the season and he has rewarded the Tottenham manager with two impressive displays since the current campaign began.

Rose performed well against Crystal Palace and on Thursday night he scored a stunning goal in the 5-0 hammering of Dinamo Tbilisi in the Europa League.

Yet despite this, rumours persist that Villas-Boas wants to sign compatriot Coentrao from Real Madrid. Rose claimed in pre-season that he would consider leaving White Hart Lane if he did not play regularly this term, but he insists he would have no problem with Spurs if they signed Coentrao, or any other left-back.

"You find a lot about yourself when you have got competition in the squad so I will welcome any new faces," Rose said.

"It won't change how I train every day and how I play if given the chance. It will be interesting if Tottenham do bring in another left-back. Then I will just have to assess that when it happens, but I welcome any new players."

Given that he has 37 caps to his name, it is easy to see why Villas-Boas is so keen on signing compatriot Coentrao, but to take Rose' first-team spot away would be tough on the Englishman in his current form.

Although Harry Redknapp played his part in Rose's progression by converting him from a winger in to a full-back, there is no escaping the fact that Rose thought the current QPR boss did not give him a fair chance at White Hart Lane.

But now he appears to have finally found contentment under Villas-Boas, whom he respects highly.


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