By Alan Hutton

4th Dec, 2019 | 4:00pm

Exclusive: Hutton claims Spurs defender axed from XI after Mourinho transfer talks

Alan Hutton has suggested Danny Rose was axed by Tottenham after transfer talks with Jose Mourinho.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the ex-Spurs full-back is convinced that Mourinho demoted the 29-year-old for Saturday’s 3-2 win over Bournemouth following discussions over his future.

Rose has gone public to state he will run down his Tottenham contract, which expires in the summer of 2021.

Hutton claimed that the player may have added in private discussions with his manager that he wants to leave, and that is why centre-back Jan Vertonghen was selected ahead of him against Bournemouth.

Hutton told Football Insider: “I think he was obviously one of the ones at the start of the season (who could go), it’s been well documented, he’s come out and said he’s going to run his contract down.

“I’m sure Mourinho’s had a chat with him, just as he did with Eriksen, to see where his head’s at. Maybe that conversation came out with: ‘I’m running my contract down and I want to leave.’ 

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“If that has been said, maybe Mourinho’s said: ‘Well that’s it, you’re not really going to play.’ I found it a bit strange Vertonghen played there and Rose was on the bench. When I first saw it I thought is he injured as well?

“I wonder if there’s been conversations had and they’ve decided to try another option.” 

Vertonghen started against Bournemouth even though Mourinho could not call upon Ben Davies, who is injured.

Rose has been the first choice for most of this season so far, starting nine league matches out of 14 and three Champions League fixtures out of five.

In other Tottenham news, it can be REVEALED that the club have set their sights on signing Premier League centre-back in January with £25million sealing the deal.