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Tottenham summer signing Serge Aurier has revealed he was in advanced negotiations with Barcelona over the summer, but his bad reputation off the field brushed off the Catalans and they eventually went for Nelson Semedo from Benfica.

Aurier decided to move away from Paris Saint- Germain in the summer after struggling for regular game time and eventually completed his move to Tottenham. Spurs were long linked with Aurier and even agreed to a fee with PSG, only to get delayed by his legal issue back in France. The move eventually materialised in the 11th hour.

Back in 2016, the 24-year-old Ivorian was given a suspended two-year prison sentence for attacking a police officer which saw him getting banned from enter the UK. The Ivorian finally secured the required permit to play in the Premier League in August and completed his move soon after.

As if this was not enough, the right-back, last year, also called his then PSG teammate Angel di Maria a clown and made a homophobic remark about his then-manager Laurent Blanc and also received a three-match ban from UEFA in 2015 for insulting referee Bjorn Kuipers, for which he later apologised.

PSG signed Dani Alves over the summer and with them already having Thomas Meunier, Aurier’s departure was certain. The likes of Manchester United and Chelsea were credited with an interest, but the defender has claimed that he was in advanced negotiations with Barcelona, but the move dropped off as the club officials were not sure whether he would be a good influence or not.

“I think my reputation made four or five big European sides afraid,” Aurier was quoted by Goal. “I was negotiating with Barcelona, very advanced negotiations. And Barcelona’s people were not sure if I came here things would be different.

“It was the right choice [to leave France]. After a while, I did not feel comfortable with the media. For me, it was never going to end. After a while, I felt like a prisoner with a camera on my back. By staying in France, I would have never washed this image.”

Aurier did not have a dream debut (full debut) in Tottenham colours as he was sent off in Lilywhites’ 2-3 victory over West Ham in the Premier League. Also, the 24-year-old was criticised by a certain section of supporters for his dull performance against Crystal Palace recently and adding to this, the fans surely will not be happy now.

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Lamela stars: Player ratings from Tottenham’s 2-1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion

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Tottenham got back to winning ways after three successive defeats, thanks to goals from Harry Kane and Erik Lamela.

Glenn Murray handled the ball late in the first half which allowed Kane to score from the spot. The home team came at us with all they had in the second half and Paulo Gazzaniga pulled off a great save before Danny Rose crossed in for Lamela to slot in our second.

Anthony Knockaert pulled one back in stoppage time to make it a nervous last minute or so but we held on for all three points.

There were a few heroes on the pitch today and here are the player ratings from the game.

Paulo Gazzaniga – 6.5/10

The youngster did pretty well and made one good save to deny Knockaert. He couldn’t do much regarding the goal he conceded.

Kieran Trippier – 6/10

Trippier didn’t have the greatest time as he struggled a bit and even got a yellow card for a needless foul.

Toby Alderweireld – 7.5/10

The Belgian had a great chance to score early on and did a great job at keeping things tight for Spurs.

Jan Vertonghen – 7/10

Vertonghen didn’t have a lot to do at the back but he helped us to an important win in the final few minutes of the game.

Danny Rose – 7/10

Rose got the assist for the second goal but didn’t have the greatest of games for us. The Englishman should have done better for the goal we conceded.

Eric Dier – 5.5/10

This was another poor performance from the Englishman as he kept on making the wrong passes and losing possession.

Mousa Dembele – 7/10

The Belgian had a decent outing as his passing was good and kept things ticking for Spurs in the middle of the park.

Son Heung-min – 6/10

This was a quiet outing for the South Korean and he should have done more to help Spurs get all three points.

Christian Eriksen – 6/10

Another player who seemed to be out of touch was Eriksen. He must do a lot more if he is to keep his place in the team.

Lucas Moura – 6.5/10

The Brazilian tried to do things but they weren’t coming off. He did have a role in the second goal and was later subbed by Dele Alli.

Harry Kane – 6.5/10

Kane scored the penalty but couldn’t get another shot away as Brighton did well at keeping him quiet.

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Erik Lamela – 7.5/10

The Argentine changed things as he provided an attacking outlet. He did well for the goal and maybe should start more games.

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Dele Alli – N/A

The Englishman didn’t have a lot of time to make a difference to the game.

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“We need this man in our team” – Some Spurs fans want 21-year-old Lyon midfield tank to join club

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Tanguy Ndombele was linked with a move to Tottenham in the summer, as per Sky Sports. The Lyon midfielder is a quality destroyer in the middle of the park and was at it again last night.

The French side played Manchester City and came out 2-1 winners at the Etihad. While Nabil Fekir starred in the attack, Ndombele was immense in the midfield and did his bit for Lyon.

The 21-year-old Frenchman has played five times for the Ligue 1 club this season and his performance in the Champions League caught the eye of a few Tottenham fans.

Spurs didn’t buy a single player in the offseason and have struggled in recent times, losing their last three games. Ndombele might not help us find the back of the net but he surely can keep the midfield from being overrun.

Some Spurs fans were quick to suggest we needed the 21-year-old while some were irate as to why we didn’t add to the midfield in the summer.

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“Can I sell mine back”, “God help us” – Some Tottenham fans are dreading facing this club at Wembley

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Tottenham’s Twitter account certainly know how to rile up some of the fans. We just came off a third defeat in a row but the team decided to give an update on the tickets being sold out for the Barcelona game.

We took the lead against Inter and should have wrapped up the three points by managing the game in the final few minutes. Instead, Tottenham allowed the Italians a chance back in the game, thanks to a wonder goal from Mauro Icardi. Subsequently, the players fell asleep defending a corner in the last seconds of the match.

The Catalans will face Spurs at Wembley on 3rd October but we first need to get our season back on track.

Losses against Watford and Liverpool have pushed us six points behind the leaders in the Premier League. Meanwhile, Inter Milan, Barcelona and PSV Eindhoven don’t make for easy reading in our Champions League group.

Our next game is against Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League but some of our fans weren’t confident of a quality showing when the Catalans pay a visit.

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