Danny Rose opened up on how a club he was in talks with over a transfer wanted to check that he was “not crazy”.
Following a family tragedy and his own injury problems, Rose suffered from depression prior to the start of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The 28-year-old’s own uncle committed suicide in rehab, while his mother suffered racial abuse and his brother was nearly shot at after a gun was fired at his house. While Rose had been sidelined for eight months due to a knee injury.
The Tottenham star’s frank admission on his mental health had earned himself plenty of widespread praise.
But it turns out not everybody felt the same way, with Rose revealing how an unnamed club wanted to perform a check to see if he’s “crazy” last summer.
Rose told BBC: “I think there’s still a long way to go in football because in the summer I was speaking to another club, and they said, ‘the club would like to meet you, just to check that you’re not crazy’.
“It was because of what I’d said and what I’d been through.
“I was embarrassed, as whatever I’ve been through I like to think it doesn’t affect me doing my job.
“I still know I’ll always give 100 per cent.”
The England international was close to leaving Spurs following a lack of regular opportunities during the 2017/18 campaign.
However, Rose stayed put in north London in the end and has since regained favour under Mauricio Pochettino.
“In the end, they didn’t put a bid in,” said the left-back.
“But to think that people assume I might be crazy is embarrassing and I’m still angry about it to this day.
“If that opportunity came around again I’d definitely say no now.”
Rose has made 36 appearances for Spurs in all competitions this season and provided five assists.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) May 16, 2019