Danny Rose's outburst just three days before the start of the new season has cast serious doubt on his Tottenham future.
The left-back approached the Sun with his concerns about the club's wage structure, lack of signings, and his desire to win silverware.
Although the England international hasn't featured since January because of a knee injury, it's posed a massive problem for Mauricio Pochettino.
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Spurs have already lost one first-choice right-back in Kyle Walker this summer and are doing their best to banish their image as a selling club. Ben Davies has proved an able deputy, but they still can't afford to lose their preferred option in that position.
Chelsea and Manchester United are thought to be hovering around Rose, with the Mirror suggesting the Blues will make a £60million offer after their game against Tottenham at Wembley on Sunday afternoon.
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However, the same source also suggests the Lilywhites are expecting the 27-year-old to stay after clear-the-air talks with Pochettino at their Enfield training ground.
The Argentine told Rose that he is still valued and is part of his future vision for the team.
It will be interesting to see what reception he gets from the fans when he does next appear.
Perhaps it's no coincidence that Rose's decision to stay has coincided with United reportedly cooling their interest, as Jose Mourinho already has several left-backs at his disposal even if none of them have been particularly convincing.
Rose is set to stay
In the aftermath of his Sun interview, he issued an apology through his representatives, and that seemed good enough for his manager.
And in a press conference the day after the news broke, Pochettino batted away inevitable questions about the defender's future.
“You need to understand that Rose gave his opinion,” he said.
“You can judge the situation because if he apologised for what he said we do not know if he is now thinking the same thing or not. But it is him – not the team."
If Rose is still a Tottenham player on September 1st, Pochettino will have done remarkably well to sweep the situation under the carpet, even if doubts will remain about the full-back's long-term future.
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