Kudos to Danny Rose for coming out and displaying a virtue we all thought was lost amongst modern footballers. The 26-year-old had been the latest Premier League ace the Chinese Super League were keen to get their hands on. Rose’s response was simple – no chance.
His former Tottenham Hotspur boss, Andre Villas-Boas, is now in charge of Shanghai SIPG. And despite already having the likes of Brazil internationals Oscar and Hulk at his disposal, the 39-year-old was reportedly desperate to bring Rose to the Chinese club.
In fact, it’s rumoured the left-back would have been offered a £14.5m-a-year deal had he have left White Hart Lane.
That’s a contract which would dwarf his current contract at Spurs.
But the England international has instead opted to stay with the north London outfit to help the club win major trophies.
It’s a decision you’d hope many other top-flight players in England will make over the coming months, as Diego Costa, Alexis Sanchez, Yaya Toure and Willian continue to be linked with a move to Asia.
Unfortunately this story isn’t happening often enough though, with plenty of big names in world football being tempted by the huge sums of money being thrown at them as the CSL looks to establish itself as one of the leading football leagues on the planet.
As well as Oscar and Hulk, Chinese football has welcomed the likes of Didier Drogba, Demba Ba, Obafemi Martins, Carlos Tevez, Axel Witsel and Graziano Pelle in recent years.
Speaking about his plans for the future, the former Sheffield United man had this to say:
“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 say “I have won something”. That is the next step for this team [Tottenham] and to do it we have to keep everyone for as long as possible.
“I am not going to be distracted by anything else.”
We can only hope that Rose’s decision will be the catalyst for many more of the Premier League’s biggest names turning down a move for financial purposes.
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