Wednesday Sep 18, 2019. 11:00
Ivory Coast fullback Serge Aurier has admitted wanted to leave Tottenham Hotspur inther off-season, but now say he is focused on securing his future under manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Aurier has told the Evening Standard he now he wants to “prove himself” at Spurs rather than find an exit from the club – presumably the impact one terrific performance has had on the enigmatic right back.
Aurier was one of Tottenham’s best players last weekend as they thrashed Crystal Palace in the Premier League.
He provided a sumptuous cross that assisted one of Heung-Min Son’s goals during the first half, plus a powerful foray into the box created an own goal that put the match beyond Palace’s reach.
Asked if he had wanted to leave, Aurier said: “Yes, but that was the situation before the transfer window closed. Now I’m feeling calm and happy to stay. I’ve spoken with everyone and I don’t want to leave. I had something in my head, but I didn’t want to leave for the gaffer or the chairman.
“It was a personal situation and now it’s OK. Everyone wants to give me another chance. We need to give our best for this season and for the trophies. The new season has started for me and that is it.”
Pochettino has made it clear he expects Aurier to keep up a level of consistency, otherwise he will revert back to Kyle Walker-Peters as his starter at right back. The most likely scenario is that Pochettino will rotate his right backs throughout the season.