Tottenham's Danny Rose celebrates scoring their second goal with Kyle Walker
Three of Tottenham Hotspur’s star players have recently been linked with an exit from the club. Danny Rose, Kyle Walker and Eric Dier are all said to be interesting other clubs. According to The Sun, all three are indeed keen on leaving the London club - with the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United interested.
If the trio did decide to leave, it would signify everything that is currently wrong with football.
Ambition would have nothing to do with their exits. Tottenham Hotspur have been the most consistent side in England over the past two seasons. They have a young team which, if they stick together, are destined to win the Premier League under Mauricio Pochettino.
But what they are not getting at Spurs is the wage they’d receive at either Manchester club.
England's Eric Dier and Danny Rose during training
Spurs’ chairman Daniel Levy is famously frugal but with good reason. This is still a growing club. A new stadium is being built and Champions League riches have not yet been regular enough for Spurs to go throwing money around at wages.
For the England trio to leave Spurs for a lesser team, solely for money, would signify all that is wrong with English football and why many fans are turning off and staying at home.
They should stick by the Tottenham project and reap the rewards in years to come. If Spurs, the best team in England for the past two seasons, cannot convince their players to stick around and ignore a payday, then what is the point?
Tottenham Hotspur's Kyle Walker (L) and Danny Rose