Danny Rose could be just one of four Tottenham players to run down their contracts and leave for free, according to a report.
England full-back Rose has vowed to see out the last 18 months of his deal and leave on a free transfer after Daniel Levy tried to offload him in the summer.
Rose, 29, was left out of their pre-season tour and told to find another club, but he was integrated back into the first team in pre-season and he has since started nine of Tottenham’s Premier League games this season.
Rose told the Evening Standard this week: “I’ve said I’ve got 18 months left on my contract and I’m not going anywhere until my contract has finished.”
And, according to the Daily Star, “there are other players considering a similar course of action, with Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld in no hurry to leave”.
Rose went to say that any transfer speculation concerning him in January should be ignored because he has no intention of quitting the club.
Rose added: “My contract is up in 18 months’ time and I’ll leave the football club then. People [in the media] can save their time trying to get stuff ready for January about me being sold.
“Because I can tell you now: it ain’t happening. I know what people were trying to do in the summer… There were no bids — that was rubbish.”
That has led Eriksen, Alderweireld and Vertonghen, whose deals all expire in June 2020, to consider “sitting tight until next summer”.
That could present Levy with a nightmare situation as he tries to raise cash for new players for Mauricio Pochettino.