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Spurs boss Mourinho denies reports of training ground bust-up with Rose

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has played down reports of a training ground row with Danny Rose after the full back was left out of Saturday's goalless draw against Watford in the Premier League.

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football – Champions League – Group B – Tottenham Hotspur v Olympiacos – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain – November 26, 2019 Tottenham Hotspur's Danny Rose shakes hands with manager Jose Mourinho after the match REUTERS/Eddie Keogh/File Photo

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REUTERS: Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has played down reports of a training ground row with Danny Rose after the full back was left out of Saturday's goalless draw against Watford in the Premier League.

The Daily Mail reported Rose sought an explanation from Mourinho after he was unhappy at being left out of the squad for both the 2-1 win over Middlesbrough in the FA Cup third round replay last week and then for the Watford match.

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"A disagreement between me and Danny? No," Mourinho told a news conference on Tuesday. "My relationship with my players is good and I love to work with my group. And that's it."

Mourinho said Rose was left out at the weekend due to a back injury, with young centre half Japhet Tanganga filling in at left back at Vicarage Road.

"The reason why he wasn't selected against Middlesbrough is because we have a young left back that we want to develop and it was a great opportunity to play (Ryan) Sessegnon," he added.

"Also because his (Rose's) performance against Liverpool was not phenomenal.

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"Then on the Thursday… I got a call from my medical staff saying Danny was calling them with a problem in his back and he wouldn't train the next day.

"It was a bit of a surprise that on the Friday he was ready to train, but even so I decided then to play with TangaRead More – Source