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Schalke buys left back, ends interest in Tottenham’s Danny Rose

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So much for a reunion with Nabil Bentaleb.

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Tottenham Hotspur left back Danny Rose was one of the players linked with a departure from the club before the end of the European transfer window. It was reported on deadline day that Spurs were close to a deal with Bundesliga club Schalke that would send Danny to Germany on a season-long loan.

It looks like that loan to Schalke is now off the table. The German club announced today that they had signed Moroccan left back Hamza Mendyl from Lille, which pretty much rules out any move for Rose.

We said at the time that a loan move for Danny didn’t make a whole lot of sense based on the remaining options in Spurs’ defense — Rose may or may not be the same player he was a couple of seasons ago but he still has a different and complementary skill set to Ben Davies and he’s still good enough to make England’s World Cup team. Shipping him off means that we’re down to Davies and Kyle Walker-Peters playing out of position as Spurs’ left back options, and that doesn’t seem great.

So, yay I guess? There’s still time for Danny to work out a move somewhere else before the end of August, but in the meantime I guess we’ll need to wait and see whether Mauricio Pochettino is able (or willing) to let Rose rotate into the Premier League lineup in the next couple of weeks. I’d like to see Danny get a run with the team again, but it’s hard to say whether bridges are burned and there’s still a gulf between player and manager here.