Tottenham’s post-Champions League final defeat revamp is set to feature the sale of Danny Rose as well as England colleague Kieran Trippier.
Neither full-back was named in a party that flew out to Asia yesterday where Spurs will take on Juventus on Sunday before heading to Shanghai for a friendly with Manchester United the following Thursday.
Trippier’s omission was no surprise as the 28-year-old is close to completing a £20m move to Atletico Madrid.
But the scale of manager Mauricio Pochettino’s proposed overhaul of a squad that featured zero new additions in the previous two transfer windows was made even clearer by Rose’s absence.
The left-back, who is a year older than Trippier, was named alongside two long-since marginalised fringe men in a club statement outlining plans for them to work on a potential exit.
“Vincent Janssen, Georges-Kevin Nkoudou and Danny Rose have been granted additional time off in order to explore prospective opportunities with other clubs,” it read.
Rose, who joined Tottenham as a teenager from Leeds in 2009, has two years left on his current contract and is therefore valued around the £25m mark.
Pochettino said in May that he expected the rebuilding process to be “painful” and Rose had been unsettled for at least two seasons.
The Yorkshireman expressed a desire to more back north at some point in his career. In April, he also went public on how racist abuse had left him looking forward to the day when he could hang up his boots.
Pochettino once described Rose as a player who “thought too much” about the game. Indeed, two months ago the player talked about potential buyers who had questioned his mental health. “They said: ‘The club would like to meet you, just to check that you’re not crazy,’ because of what I’d said and what I’d been through,” he revealed.
Easy exit for Trippier
Trippier’s departure was always destined to be quicker and smoother with Atletico making their move having released experienced right-back Juanfran over the summer.
Serge Aurier, Davinson Sanchez and Victor Wanyama also missed the plane to Asia and will instead start pre-season training next week following appearances in summer tournaments with their respective national teams.