Alex McLeish claims that Danny Rose holds all the cards as Tottenham consider paying him off to leave the club.
The former Premier League manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists that the left-back has every right to see out his contract until the end of the season despite having been cast out of the first-team squad.
As revealed by Football Insider, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is willing to explore more drastic measures to get the 30-year-old off the wage bill, including offering a pay-off to terminate his contract by mutual consent.
Rose, who is on more than £70,000-a-week in north London, knocked back an approach from Championship side Watford ahead of last week’s domestic transfer deadline.
McLeish admits he can see the situation from both the club and the player’s point of view but suggests that it is the England international who is ultimately in charge.
McLeish told Football Insider: “I don’t know Danny, I don’t know what he’s thinking but we have seen it before, where players have stayed on until their contract is finished and been fully paid.
“If it’s right for the player to go then only he can decide that. I think Danny is the one that’s in charge of this decision now.
“It will be interesting to see whatever he finally does and you have to respect whatever decision he makes.
“We’ve seen it all too often in the past where players stay on until the end of their contracts and that is their right and their prerogative.
“Some would take a stance and say: ‘Well, is it not better getting out there and getting a new team? Make sure your money isn’t being depleted and get your career going again.’ There’s those arguments.”
In other news, Tottenham blocked move for attacking talent on deadline day.