Serge Aurier reveals he wants Tottenham exit as he has ‘reached the end of a cycle’ and it’s time to look elsewhere’… with Ivorian defender admitting dream next move is a return to ‘club of my heart’ PSG
- Serge Aurier has revealed he wants to leave Tottenham in the summer window
- The defender has spent four years at Spurs where he has made 110 appearances
- The 28-year-old claims an exit deal has now been made between him and Spurs
- Aurier admits a dream summer move would be a return to Paris Saint-Germain
Serge Aurier has admitted he wants to leave Tottenham as he has ‘reached the end of a cycle there’ – with the right-back wanting a return to Paris Saint-Germain.
The Ivorian defender has spent the last four seasons at Spurs and was the club’s first-choice option at right-back last season, though injuries limited Aurier’s game time to just 19 league matches all term.
Aurier has confirmed that an agreement has been reached with Tottenham to let him move on this summer, with the 28-year-old describing former side PSG as the ‘club of my heart’.
Right-back Serge Aurier wants to leave Tottenham this summer as ‘it’s time to look elsewhere’
Aurier has spent the last four years at Spurs but the defender has ‘reached the end of a cycle’
Aurier told L’Equipe: ‘Everyone is aware that if I wanted to extend my deal at Tottenham, I would’ve done so already. I’m not going to do it in six months.
‘I’ve reached the end of a cycle and it’s time to look elsewhere. The two parties, Tottenham’s board and my agents, have agreed upon the conditions. We’ll see after that.
‘I’ve never hidden by desire to return to PSG one day. It’s the club of my heart, the one that I support and I feel free to speak about it.
‘But I don’t want people to think that I’m stuck on them and I’m not closing the door on anyone. But if the club were to make an offer this summer, it’s sure that PSG would be my first choice.’
Aurier revealed he wants a return to ‘club of my heart’ PSG – who he played for before Spurs
Moving back to PSG would see him reunite with former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, who first brought the Ivorian to north London back in 2017.
But Pochettino has himself been linked with a move back to Tottenham just a few months after taking over the Parisian side.
Aurier revealed that him and the Argentine had a strong relationship even though the right-back was picked just 25 times in his first two seasons at Spurs, with the Ivorian admiring Pochettino’s tactical work as a coach.
Moving to PSG would reunite Aurier with former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino (above)
Speaking about Pochettino, the 28-year-old added: ‘We had a great relationship, despite what happened. There was no serious problem between us but you are never the happiest player when you’re not on the pitch.
‘I’ve always respected his work and his choices. I took pleasure in the style he wanted to play – and it’s the one he wants in Paris too.
‘Physically, we were monsters. At PSG, we’ll really see his hand next season.’
Aurier failed to win a trophy during his time at Tottenham but the defender did reach two finals
Before joining Spurs in 2017, Aurier featured 81 times for PSG in three seasons in the Parisian capital.
The Ivorian won two league titles and nine domestic French cup competitions in his time at the Parc des Princes, but failed to win any silverware at Tottenham.
Aurier did, however, help Tottenham reach the Champions League final in 2019 and the Carabao Cup final earlier this year, but Spurs lost both ties to English rivals Liverpool and Manchester City respectively.