Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea both endured a dramatic transfer window this summer but fans of the North London side may be aggrieved by these comments made to Sky Sports.
Arriving in a late deal from Paris Saint-Germain, Ivorian defender Serge Aurier moved to Tottenham Hotspur as a direct replacement for Kyle Walker, who joined Manchester City earlier in the season, and the full-back will aim to get his career back-on-track.
Highly-rated across the continent, Aurier was involved in a number of unsavoury incidents during his time in the French capital- including a charge of assault that made him unable to travel to England last year to face Arsenal in the Champions League.
Spurs will look to turn the defender’s reputation around though and Mauricio Pochettino’s ability to get the very best out of young players will be decisive. However, in comments cited by The Daily Express, Chelsea legend Didier Drogba joked his close friend had joined the wrong side.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the Premier League icon said:
“I just spoke to him a few hours ago. He’s so happy to be in England and of course we’re going to help him. He’s my younger brother so I’m going to give him some tips.”
“He plays for the wrong team! But I’m happy for him, very happy for his move.”
Time will tell whether Didier Drogba’s joke turns out to be a very accurate prediction, as Aurier faces a battle to establish himself in Tottenham’s first-choice line-up due to impressive performances from young defender Kyle Walker-Pieters.
Chelsea were also in the running for the Paris Saint-Germain man, with Antonio Conte looking to bolster his options at wing-back, and Aurier would perhaps have been a superior option to Victor Moses, who occupied that position for the Premier League champions throughout last season.
However, Aurier should get plenty of opportunities to make his mark with Tottenham as the Lilywhites will have to balance their squad through involvement across all competitions, starting with this week’s Champions League crunch tie with Borussia Dortmund.