Tottenham Hotspur defender Serge Aurier has taken to Twitter to thank his former club Paris Saint-Germain.
The Ivory Coast International ended his three-year association with the Parisian club in the summer window after completing a £23million move on the deadline day. The deal was in place for a long time and it was a foregone conclusion that the 24-year-old would land up at the White Hart Lane to link up with Mauricio Pochettino. However, delays at the Home Office for his visa delayed the transfer.
The right-back had an indifferent time at PSG with his performances on the field clouded by off-the-field antics. He was fined by the club when he took to social media to throw expletives at the then-manager Laurent Blanc.
Aurier’s lowest point came when he had to spend a night in prison for assaulting a police officer outside a night club in Paris. It was because of this case that his visa was denied when PSG traveled to London to take on Arsenal in a Champions League match.
With his first-team action limited and the arrival of Dani Alves on a free transfer from Juventus further limiting his presence at PSG, Aurier prepared to move out of the club. There was a lot of interest from rival clubs in England, with Chelsea and Manchester United interested in signing him. But Aurier always wanted to join the Lilywhites.
Aurier knows very well that he would not be the first choice at Tottenham and that he will have to fight for his place. Although Kyle Walker left the club in the summer, Spurs have Kieran Trippier as the first choice for the right-back, while the emergence of Kyle Walker-Peters adds competition.
However, the injury to Trippier throws a great chance to Aurier, who can impress Pochettino with his performances and make a case for his inclusion. He is in line to make his debut at Everton and chose to take to Twitter to express his gratitude for his former club.
In the caption for the video, Aurier said: “A new adventure begins for me but PSG will always be magic! Thank you all, THANK YOU PARIS ❤ .”
Although his time at PSG was controversial, no one can deny the fact that he is one of the most talented right-backs in the world.
Let’s hope he charts out a great path for him at Tottenham.