Rose rejects £14.5m-a-year China deal, eyes trophies with Spurs

Danny Rose has rejected a mouthwatering contract in China that would eclipse his salary at Tottenham Hotspur as he aims to win trophies in North London, The Sun reports.

What’s the word?

A key-part of Tottenham Hotspur’s side and establishing himself as one of the best defenders in the Premier League, England international Danny Rose has attracted plenty of suitors and he could have landed an immense payday in the Far East.

Chinese outfit Shanghai SIPG, managed by former Spurs boss Andre Villas Boas, made an audacious approach for Rose that included a whopping £285-a-week after tax– but the 26-year-old has remained loyal to Spurs, with whom he signed a five-year deal last September.

It marks a big move for Chinese football though, as the Asian country are now targeting moves for player’s in their prime rather than just offering experienced pros coming to the end of their deals a lucrative payday.

The chase for Rose has reached the end of the road though, as the England ace is keen to stay-on at White Hart Lane; with Mauricio Pochettino being a big reason behind this decision.

What’s been said?

Quoted by The Sun,  Rose discussed his relationship with Pochettino and also revealed his desire to end Spurs long trophy-drought, as the Lilywhites have won just one League Cup since their FA Cup triumph in 1991.

“I can go to speak to him about a lot of things. I am not playing football just for the fun of it. I want to win things.’

“When I am 34 or 35, I want to look back and see I have won something. That is the next step for this team and to do it we have to keep everyone for as long as possible. I am not going to be distracted by anything else.”

Is this the right move?

It’s certainly an exciting time for Tottenham Hotspur right now but the danger remains that their rise could derail in the next 18 months, with Pochettino’s side facing a huge battle for a top-four spot this term and then having to contend with playing their home games at Wembley next season.

On a personal level for Rose though, it’s an easy choice to make when turning down China as the England international will have his sights set on establishing himself as first-choice left-back for Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions ahead of the World Cup next summer.

If he was to move on from White Hart Lane, remaining in the Premier League would be the most likely outcome but any exit is unlikely to occur until 2018 at the earliest.