Tottenham defender Danny Rose says he will not be returning to White Hart Lane to sit on the bench when his loan deal at Sunderland expires this summer.
The English defender, currently enjoying a stint at the Stadium of Light, insists he is not willing to remain a substitute if a deal is not sorted out, and stated his desire to continue playing regular football.
“I am not prepared to go back to sit on the bench and watch other people play football. I've done that enough," said Rose.
"I've got friends progressing into the England team and being in the squads. I'd like to think one day I'll have a shot at doing that. "I'll only get that when I'm playing week-in, week-out, and I'm doing that here. I'm enjoying it here and I love being back up north.”
A frequent starter for the Black Cats under Martin O’Neill, it remains to be seen where his future lies, but despite a love for Spurs, he hints it could well be away from North London.
"Nothing has been discussed with the management here or the management there about what's going to happen next season. I want to reiterate I will not be looking to sit on somebody else's bench again."
"I honestly do not know what will happen next season. I do love Tottenham, they have done a lot for me over the years, I will be forever grateful for the stage I am at now. It's hugely down to them,” he added.
After making 16 Premier League starts this season, the 22-year-old missed a month through injury before making his return as a substitute as his side lost 2-1 to Reading on Saturday.
But with the likes of Kyle Naughton, Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Jan Vertonghen all appearing at left back this season, it seems that chances may be limited if he was to return to the Tottenham Hotspur squad.
Whatever his future, Rose will not let speculation transfer speculation get to him, as he looks to continue gaining experience for the remainder of the season.
“I don’t want to dwell too much on next season because I don’t know what will happen. If I do go back to Tottenham it would be a shame for me not to get the sort of experience I have been getting here,” he concluded.
Rose became an instant hero at White Hart Lane when he hit spectacular volley on his Premier League debut, as Spurs defeated local rivals Arsenal in the North London derby back in April 2010.