Aurier opens up on relationship with Pochettino amid PSG move rumours

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Serge Aurier has insisted that he always had a good relationship with Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham despite not always being first-choice under the Argentine.

Aurier has just 12 months left on his contract and reports indicate that the right-back could be on his way back to Paris Saint-Germain this summer.

The right-back admitted in an interview with L’Equipe on Sunday that he does not plan on signing a new contract at Tottenham and will look to leave the club this summer.

The 28-year-old did not hide his desire to return to PSG, admitting that the Ligue 1 giants will always have a special place in his heart.

Aurier also talked about his experiences working with Pocehettino in the same interview and the Tottenham right-back insisted that his former club will see the benefits of the 49-year-old’s work next season.

The Ivory Coast international said about Pochettino: “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.”

Even if Aurier completes a move back to Paris, it remains to be seen whether Pochettino would be his boss next season, with the Argentine being linked with both the Tottenham and Real Madrid vacancies.

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It is interesting to see Aurier use the word “monsters” to describe how fit we were under Pochettino. The Ivorian was not part of the squad for our peak period under Poch (the 2016/17 season) but still clearly seems to have noticed the massive drop off in fitness levels after the Argentine’s departure.

That, when combined with Kane’s revelation to Gary Neville that Mourinho does not prioritise gym work and sports science as much as others, perhaps suggests that the Portuguese coach was out of touch with some of the top coaches of this era.

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