‘I’m hoping to go out with a bang’: Danny Rose eyeing memorable end to Tottenham career if Champions League final is to be his last game
- Tottenham will face Liverpool in the Champions League final in Madrid on June 1
- Danny Rose’s future at the club is uncertain and he could leave in the summer
- Full-back insists all his focus will be on lifting the silverware and creating history
Tottenham defender Danny Rose wants to ‘go out with a bang’ if the Champions League final is his last outing for the club.
Spurs booked their place in the biggest club game in European football with a miraculous semi-final comeback at Ajax, where they recovered from a 3-0 aggregate deficit at half-time in the second leg.
It came 24 hours after Liverpool’s heroics in turning around their tie against Barcelona and the two English sides will meet in Madrid on June 1.
Danny Rose wants to ‘go out with a bang’ if the Champions League final is his last Spurs outing
Rose’s future at Spurs has been uncertain and he was free to leave the club last summer before going on to re-establish himself as Mauricio Pochettino’s first-choice left-back.
Whatever is on the horizon for the England international, the final could also be the end of the road for this Spurs group as Christian Eriksen and Toby Alderweireld have as yet failed to agree new contracts while a host of squad players will be made available to leave in the summer.
Rose, though, insists all focus will be on lifting the silverware and creating history in the Spanish capital.
‘I keep seeing my name that I’m being sold,’ Rose said. So if that’s the case and it’s going to be my last game for Tottenham against Liverpool, I’m hoping to go out with a bang and lift a trophy.
Rose celebrates with Harry Kane following his side’s victory over Ajax on Wednesday
‘It’s a Champions League final, so individual situations have to take a back seat and you have to put the club first.
‘We are going to do that. We do realise we have a chance to make history.’
Spurs have been five minutes or less away from exiting the competition on four occasions this season, twice in the group stage and in each of the last two knockout rounds.
They have been the outsiders for most of the campaign and that will again be the case in Madrid, when they play a Liverpool team that could have won the Premier League title by then.
Rose joined Tottenham in 2007 and has gone on to make 197 appearances for the club
Rose added: ‘If you go back to the Barcelona game, everyone wrote us off, everyone wrote us off against (Manchester) City, everyone wrote us off last week after the Ajax game and now we find ourselves in the final so we have to keep going, keep believing and keep playing well.
‘We’ll have a few players back from injury, which will be a huge bonus. We have to see where it takes us.
‘It’s 50-50, a one-off game. They’re a great team, they’ve had a great season and they might be Premier League champions.
‘It’s going to be a very difficult game and if we defend how we did against Ajax we’re not going to win so we have to cut out the sloppy mistakes and hopefully play like we did in both second halves against Ajax.’