Newcastle loan signing Danny Rose says he was not given the same opportunities as his fellow defenders to prove himself to Jose Mourinho at Tottenham.
The 29-year-old made 16 appearances for Spurs early in the season but only five after Mourinho became manager on 20 November.
“I do feel I wasn’t given as much of a chance as everybody else in the backline,” the left-back told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“I did want to play for him.”
The Doncaster-born player added: “I knew after a month [of Mourinho joining] I was never going to play. It was difficult going out to train knowing I wasn’t going to play.
“It’s not worked out, but full respect to him and what he’s doing at the club. He took over with the club 12 points adrift of Chelsea [now in fourth place] and now it’s four.
“I have to be honest, I thought I would continue playing.”