Tottenham’s Danny Rose to remain on loan at Sunderland

Danny Rose will stay at Sunderland for the remainder of the season, despite having a call-back option in his contract

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Martin O'Neill has been pleased with Danny Rose's impact Photo: Back Page Images

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On-loan defender Danny Rose will stay at Sunderland for the remainder of the season, despite having a call-back option in his contract.

Rose joined Sunderland from parent club Tottenham on a season-long in the summer and has been in excellent form for the Black Cats in the first half of the season.

That, coupled with the long-term injury to Benoit Assou-Ekotto, prompted suggestions that Spurs would exercise a clause that would see Rose return to North London this month.

But Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill has confirmed that the call-back option expired earlier this month, meaning that the England under-21 international will remain at Sunderland for the rest of the season.

“The loan deal contained an option for Spurs to recall Danny this month, but they had to exercise that option by 17th January,” O’Neill told the Sunderland Echo.

“I’m pleased to say they haven’t done so, so he will be with us for the rest of the season and that is really good news.

“I know that André Villas-Boas said last month that he intended to let him stay here for the season and I never felt he could change his mind – unless, of course, they had injury problems. But at least now we know for sure.”

O’Neill added: “Danny has done very well for us in the first half of the season and hopefully he will continue where he left off when he recovers from his hamstring injury.”

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