Serge Aurier appears set to leave Tottenham Hotspur before next week’s deadline, according to reports…
Speaking on his YouTube channel earlier this week, football.london’s ever-reliable Alasdair Gold provided an update on the future of the 28-year-old, who is yet to feature under Nuno Santo this season.
“There seems to be a belief from Aurier, and I’m told his agent as well that they have something ready for him,” he claimed. “I just hope it’s not going to be a last minute, here’s my bid for Aurier, you’ve got to take it now otherwise you’ll have nothing.”
Back in May, the Ivory Coast international revealed to French outlet L’Equipe of his intentions to depart the north London outfit, four years after a £23m move from Paris Saint-Germain, who have been one team linked to his signature in recent months.
“Everyone knows that if I wanted to extend my contract at Tottenham, I’d have already done so,” said the Spurs right-back. “I’m not going to do that in six months’ time. I’ve experienced the Premier League and a Champions League final. I’ve reached the end of a cycle and it’s time to look elsewhere.”
He now has less than seven days to seal that move.
This latest update from Gold should have much of the Lilywhites fanbase absolutely buzzing – you’d imagine a fair few supporters will be thinking ‘good riddance’ over this one.
Aurier has always been a polarising figure since his arrival from Ligue 1 several seasons ago and much of his time in north London has been marred by controversy off the pitch and major inconsistencies on it.
Over two years ago, former Spurs striker Darren Bent pondered to Sky Sports whether ex-manager Mauricio Pochettino rued the departure of Kieran Trippier due to Aurier’s calamitous ways, whilst after the Carabao Cup final defeat, Jamie Carragher dubbed him “one of the biggest liabilities in Premier League football” and one that would “put you off management with the amount of crazy decision he makes.”
And it’s not just pundits and media that have reacted in this manner, the fans have too, which only further shows why they’d be delighted by the prospect of the right-back leaving this week.
In fact, when Aurier has been linked with an exit in recent weeks, some were claiming that it was ‘music to their ears’, even pleading for him to go, as relayed by This is Futbol.
But unlike what Gold says, Nuno does have options in the role – Japhet Tanganga has been preferred thus far and he also has his former Wolves star Matt Doherty at his disposal.
Whether he actually finds that move in time remains to be seen, though his continued absence since the return of the Premier League speaks volumes.
Evidently, there’s no future for him at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.