O’Neill hopes to keep Rose

Martin O’Neill says it is too early to discuss a permanent deal

for Danny Rose at Sunderland and just hopes Tottenham Hotspur do

not recall the full-back in January.

Rose is on a season-long loan at the Stadium of Light and the

England Under-21 international has impressed in making 14

appearances for Sunderland.

The left-back, who can also play in midfield, has previously

said he would be keen to join the Black Cats permanently and

O’Neill has been delighted with the 22-year-old’s contribution.

However, the Sunderland manager’s biggest concern is the

possibility of his Tottenham counterpart Andre Villas-Boas

summoning Rose back to White Hart Lane next month.

“It’s very premature to talk about a permanent move because we

haven’t discussed it with Tottenham,” said O’Neill in the Daily


“The reaction of our crowd suggests they’d like to have him

permanently but there’s a way to go before that happens.

“Tottenham have the ability to recall Danny in January. If

that’s the case, I’m just trying to enjoy him being here with


“He knows there are areas where he can improve, but he’s pleased

with his performances and is enjoying it here immensely.

“He’s also taking on extra responsibility going forward. He’s

not just a defensive full-back.”

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