After an underwhelming transfer season, which has so far seen them make just three signings and lose a platter of talent, Tottenham Hotspur can finally boast of an arrival to their ranks on deadline day.
In a statement on their website, the London club confirmed the signing of full-back Serge Aurier from PSG in a 5-year deal, that will pen him with the club till 2022. The same statement went on to reveal that the Ivory Coast international will be given the No. 24 shirt.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 31, 2017
Further, the 24-year old, who had been linked with a variety of clubs, including Spurs’ London rivals Chelsea, was finally granted his work visa into the UK. It was the lack of the document, owing to a brawl with a policeman back in 2016 that the player was found guilty of, that had left a potential move to England hanging so far.
However, after completing the switch, he went on to reveal: “This is a huge and exciting opportunity at a massive football club and I am determined to prove myself as a professional both on and off the pitch.
“This is a fresh start for me and I will do everything to make the Spurs fan base, which is huge and diverse, proud of me. The fans are the most important people at any club and I am looking forward to showing them and everyone at Spurs the real Serge Aurier.”
It is believed that it was the influence of agent Pini Zahavi that tipped the scales in the favor of Tottenham, for the player was otherwise interested in working with Jose Mourinho and company.
His days at PSG were assured an end after the arrival of veteran wing-back Dani Alves, leading to a steep drop from the pecking order. But now, supporters will be eager to see how Aurier will fare in the Premier League. The defender may be able to make his debut as early as September 9, when Spurs face off against Everton.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
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