Tottenham Hotspur head coach Andre Villas-Boas has said defender Danny Rose will not be departing on loan this season.
Rose, 23, was named Sunderland’s Young Player of the Year after spending last season on loan at the Stadium of Light, and Paolo Di Canio had been keen to retain him for the coming campaign.
However, Villas-Boas has always maintained that the England Under-21 international would be part of his plans following his spell in the North East.
“Danny has had an excellent season,” he said. “He's one of the players that we all want for our future. It was one of those occasions where it's all worked out extremely well for him and he will definitely be part of our squad this season.
“Credit to him for making it work. This year he'll want to be involved with Tottenham and hopefully he'll have a big future ahead of him.”
Sunderland have also withdrawn their bid for Velez Sarsfield defender Gino Peruzzi due to concerns over his fitness, but Di Canio is still looking to strengthen.
“We need two full-backs to challenge for places and one central midfield player,” he told the Shields Gazette.
He said the midfielder would be needed regardless of whether Alfred N’Diaye remains, and that the new arrival should be “someone who brings the keys to the house — an intelligent player with fantastic ability”.