Danny Rose has been mostly out of sight out of mind at Tottenham Hotspur this year after he was left unregistered by Jose Mourinho and left to train with Spurs’ U23s. It’d be easy for Spurs fans to forget that he’s even there. And he is! But maybe not for much longer. According to one report in the Turkish media, Spurs have reached an agreement with Turkish Super Lig club Trabzonspor for the transfer of Rose in a 3.5 year deal.
Rose is 30 years old and depending on who you speak with either still has some energy in the legs or not, but he pretty quickly fell out of favor with Mourinho, a dynamic that played out for the world to see in the documentary All or Nothing. It’s a pretty ignominious end for Tottenham’s current longest tenured player, whose contract expires at the end of this season.
The source is... well, I’ve never heard of it, frankly. Ajansspor is certainly a source based in Turkey but I couldn’t tell you whether they have the goods or not. It doesn’t mention anything about a transfer fee, and I can imagine that Spurs would be more than happy to let him go for the cost of a ham sandwich just so they can free up his wages to use elsewhere.
It certainly seems plausible that Rose could end his career in Turkey instead of in the lower divisions of English football. The report praises Rose’s ability to get forward as an attacking fullback. Maybe he’ll be able to resurrect his career in his twilight years in Turkey. No idea! But I can certainly see this as a thing that could happen, mostly because there have been zero other credible rumors about Rose leaving Spurs on anything other than a Bosman.
I love Danny Rose. I hate that it’s come to this. He’ll always be one of my favorite Tottenham Hotspur players of all time, but I’ll also acknowledge that it’s time for him to go. Leaving for Turkey would be good for everyone involved, but we’ll have to wait for the club to confirm it before we get too excited here.