Danny Rose has Tottenham future despite comments - Pochettino

LONDON -- Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has said that Danny Rose has a future at the club, and reminded the defender and rest of his squad that they were not forced to sign new contracts last season.

Rose, who has been sidelined with a knee problem since January, criticised the club's wage structure, ambition and transfer strategy this week, urging Tottenham to sign big-name players, rather than "ones you have to Google."

The 27-year-old, who signed a five-year contract worth around £65,000-a-week last September, also said he deserved to be paid more and added that he was open to offers from other clubs.

Rose issued an apology on Friday, acknowledging that the "timing and manner" of his remarks were "ill-judged," but reports on Friday have suggested Spurs will try to sell the England international before the end of the month.

But asked at a news conference if Rose had a future at Spurs, Pochettino said: "Of course. Nothing has changed with my vision or my perception of him. In the moment he apologised, to everyone I think, it's time to move on. For me it's in the past -- that happened two days ago.

"He apologised to the club and to the chairman, the management, his teammates and the fans. That was good. I was a player and sometimes, after seven months that you don't play, you're a little bit frustrated for different reasons. For me it's not a big issue. Now we move on."

Rose's comments have reportedly been backed by other members of the Tottenham squad, who feel they should also be paid more. Nearly all of the club's first team also committed their futures to Tottenham by signing new long-term contracts last season.

Pochettino added: "I respect all the opinions but I understand that I am at Tottenham.

"When [chairman] Daniel Levy made the offer to me, to invite me to come here, no one forced me to sign the contract. It's like for the players. No one forced the players to sign a new contract.

"You have some different opinions but it's so important to understand that all the players here are all employed, that we are here at Tottenham. No one has forced -- Daniel Levy, or the board, or someone -- and says 'you need to stay here,' to put pressure, or make that happen using different strategies. It's important to understand that we are here because we want to be.

"He [Rose] signed last summer a five-year contract. It's still four [years left]. I think it's not a problem for myself. I think he's our player, now he needs to be focused on trying to be fit as soon as possible, to be available if the manager believes he has a place to play.

"We're all helping him, trying to provide all the tools for him to be ready again and see after if he can help the team to achieve all the targets of the team that we want to achieve next season."

Sources have told ESPN FC that Rose has been fined two weeks' wages by Spurs, but Pochettino said that "was a private matter" and that he was yet to speak to the player in person.

"We are in different dynamics and timing on the training ground because he is injured," he said. "We're so focused on preparing for the game on Sunday. It's sure I will see him in the afternoon or tomorrow and it's not a problem."

Rose is not expected to be fit until September and Pochettino is also without Erik Lamela, Kieran Trippier and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou for Sunday's Premier League opener at Newcastle.