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Rose forgiven by Pochettino after apology over his blast at Spurs

Mauricio Pochettino has sought to draw a line under Danny Rose's criticism of Tottenham's pay structure and transfer strategy by declaring he has forgiven the England full-back.

Rose apologised for his comments in a statement released shortly before Spurs' press conference to preview tomorrow's Premier League match at Newcastle.

The 27-year-old had said "I know my worth and I will make sure I get what I am worth", and implored the board to sign "world-class players" and "not players you have to google and say, 'who's that?'".

A day later Rose, a target for Chelsea and Manchester United, issued a full mea culpa.

"I acknowledge that the timing and manner of what I said was ill-judged," said Rose, who is recovering from knee surgery.

"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."

Tottenham refused to disclose whether Rose has been disciplined, declaring it a "private matter".

"Danny apologised. This was important and good," Pochettino said.

"I forgive him. For me it's not a big issue. Now we move on," he added.

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