Serge Aurier has revealed that Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy was instrumental in bringing him to the club.
The right-back moved to Spurs before the window closed for a fee in the region of £23m after signing a five-year deal. However, Aurier was impressed with Levy’s determination to bring him to the club and even travelled to Paris to have face to face talks.
Aurier admits that he was not short of interest from other clubs when he decided to leave PSG, who tried to keep him at the club and offered him a new three-year deal, but wanted to leave to escape the headlines in the French capital due to his past behavior.
Manchester United and Chelsea were both also heavily linked with the Ivory Coast international, but was most impressed with Tottenham’s desire and is now looking to repay their faith.
He was a unused substitute in Tottenham’s comfortable 3-0 win against Everton at Goodison Parkon Saturday.
Aurier said in a YouTube interview: “I had contacts with a lot of clubs, but the most concrete one was with Tottenham. The president came to Paris to meet me and discuss a potential move. That made me glad, because it is strong from a president to come and see you in Paris, and talk to the board.”
On Pochettino, Aurier added: “After that the coach called me and told me exactly what he wanted and expected if I joined the club. That was two strong things that helped me taking this decision. They fought for me too, so I could get my work permit. There was no reason for me to go somewhere else, because I like when people show me that they need me.”
To close, Aurier had a message for the Spurs fans: “I know how to give back by being at the top of my game, and by giving everything for them. It will be the best reward.”
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