Danny Rose will have a role to play in Andre Villas-Boas' first team plans next season, the Tottenham Hotspur manager has confirmed.
The England Under-21 international enjoyed a fantastic loan spell with Sunderland last season where he was afforded consistent first team opportunities in the top flight for the first time in his career, playing a vital role in ensuring the club's Premier League survival.
Both Rose and Black Cats manager Paolo Di Canio had indicated they would be keen to make the 23-year-old's stay at the Stadium of Light a permanent one towards the end of last season. But Villas-Boas has no intention of allowing the full back to leave the club, convinced Rose has a role to play with the north London club next season.
"He had an excellent season last year," Villas-Boas told a press conference on Tuesday. "He is one of those players that we want for our future.
"It is one of those cases where a loan has worked out extremely well for him and he will definitely be part of our squad this season.
"Credit to him for making that loan work and reward is to be involved at Tottenham and hopefully he will have a great future ahead of him."
Rose honed his reputation as an effective left back on Wearside last season, but is likely to face competition for an automatic spot in the manager's starting XI at White Hart Lane. Villas-Boas utilised both Kyle Naughton and Benoit Assou-Ekotto at left back, while left footed centre half Jan Vertonghen also found himself occupying the role on occasion.
Sunderland's efforts to secure a left back to replace Rose suffered a blow this week after Di Canio revealed 21-year-old Gino Peruzzi will not be joining the club.
The Black Cats were thought to be close to sealing a deal for the Argentine, but the outspoken Italian manager has decided to not pursue the move due to a ligament injury the 21-year-old suffered in April which was identified during his medical on Wearside last week.