Tottenham Hotspur announced Thursday that the club has agreed to sign full back Serge Aurier away from Paris Saint-Germain. NBC Sports’ Joe Wright-Phillips reports that Spurs sent $30 million to Paris to secure the rights to the Ivory Coast international.
The team announced that Aurier has signed a five-year deal to stay in London until 2022. He issued the following statement on his move to England:
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 31, 2017
“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 fanbase, 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.”
Aurier ran into some off-the-pitch problems over the last few seasons with PSG. He found himself in hot water after he was seen speaking ill of his former coach and some of his teammates in a Periscope video back in 2016. He was also suspended three matches by UEFA for criticizing a referee in a Facebook video during the 2014-15 season. He spent three seasons with the French giants after coming over in 2014 from Toulouse.
Aurier will likely slide in as Spurs’ full-time replacement for Kyle Walker, who was sold to Manchester City for $65 million earlier in the summer. Keiran Trippier has masqueraded as Tottenham’s starting right back through the Premier League season’s first three games, though he’s struggled.
Tottenham are winless in two matches since picking up a 2-0 victory over Newcastle on the first day of the new season.