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Danny Rose signs for PL club on a two-year deal as a free agent from Tottenham

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Watford have bolstered their defensive ranks ahead of their return to the Premier League next season with the signing of Danny Rose, writes the Daily Mail.

Rose has put pen-to-paper on a two-year deal at the Hornets and will join the club as a free agent from Tottenham on July 1.

The deal sees the 30-year-old left back return to Vicarage Road, having spent a loan spell there during the latter part of the 2008-09 campaign – featuring seven times.

Former England international Rose came through the Leeds youth set-up before joining Tottenham in 2007 and went on to make 241 appearances, being a key part of Mauricio Pochettino’s team that challenged for honours over a number of seasons.

However, the experienced defender, who won 29 England caps, found himself out of favour under Jose Mourinho and spent the second half of the 2019-20 season on loan at Newcastle.

After vowing to allow his sizeable contract at Spurs to run down, Rose found himself banished to the Under 23s set-up and was not even registered in the club’s Premier League squad in 2020-21 – meaning his last appearance for the club came in 1-0 home defeat by Liverpool during the 2019-20 top flight.

Much of his plight under Mourinho was caught on camera in Amazon Prime Video’s All or Nothing documentary.

The defender was shown having a confrontation with the Portuguese coach about why he was not being selected, threatening to go and see chairman Daniel Levy about his plight over a perceived preferential treatment to other players.

Reflecting on his departure in June, Rose said on the official Tottenham website: ‘I wish we could have won something together but the club are not far away from that and obviously I wish everybody at the club the best of luck going forward.

‘On the whole, the club and the chairman have been brilliant towards me. For 14 years I’ve pretty much driven the same route into training every day.

‘It’s all I’ve known really, it’s going to be strange if and when I join a new team because I’m going to be taking a different route to training, but I’m grateful to the club for bringing me in in 2007 as a 17-year-old and I feel very privileged to have experienced some of Tottenham’s great days.

‘I was given an opportunity this season to pass some of that knowledge on, I’d like to think that I’ve done that and I leave the football club a better person, a better professional, a better human than I was when I arrived 14 years ago.’

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