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The Tottenham Hotspur locker room is on the brink of mutiny over pay, according to multiple reports in British newspapers on Friday.
Spurs players are said to agree with Danny Rose, who told The Sun on Thursday that he feels underpaid by the club, which has a wage structure that is far stricter than most Premier League sides.
Rose reportedly earns £65,000 ($84,000) a week, but could easily double this if he moved to a rival like Chelsea or Manchester United.
The defender’s former colleague Kyle Walker demonstrated the pay gap with his move to Manchester City earlier this summer. Walker’s salary nearly doubled to £130,000 a week in the process, according to reports.
“As with everyone else in my team, in my opinion, I am worth more than I am getting,” Rose said, in an outburst that is unusually frank for a top footballer.
Premier League stars are heavily media trained and tend to keep their counsel on dressing room issues, which is why Rose’s remarks were surprising. But, according to Friday’s newspapers, his comments have struck a chord with teammates.
The Times reported that Spurs players are “backing Rose over pay row,” while The Sun said Rose received “a hero’s welcome” from a “mutinous Tottenham Hotspur dressing room.” Elsewhere, The Mirror said the club’s chiefs are going to “war” with players over salaries. The Mail predicted an “exodus” if players’ demands aren’t met.
The Sun said Rose had been fined two weeks’ wages and forced to apologise as a result of the outburst. The left-back did say he is “happy at Tottenham” but at 27 years old, believes he has “only one big contract” left in him. He said: “I know my worth and I will make sure I get what I am worth.”
Rose, whose current Spurs contract runs until 2021, has been linked with Chelsea and Manchester United. If he were to leave Tottenham, Rose hinted he would prefer a move outside of London.
“I will play up north,” he said. “I don’t know exactly when, but I will get back up north and play some football somewhere.”
Rose has since offered an apology via his agents, Base Soccer Agency. “Having had time to consider my actions, I acknowledge now that the timing and manner of what I said was ill-judged. My words were not meant to offend and for that I would like to apologise to the chairman, manager, my team mates, and the fans.”