Former Premier League manager backs Levy to sell Spurs player on ‘massive wages’

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Former Birmingham City manager Alex McLeish claims Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will be keen to sell defender Serge Aurier this summer.

The Scot added that the right-back’s sizeable wages should also be a big factor in Spurs looking to move him on.

Aurier has entered the final year of his contract in north London and expressed his desire to leave the club at the conclusion of last season.

Sky Sports previously reported that the Ivory Coast international had sought an exit from Spurs this summer but saw negotiations break down due to disagreements surrounding his involvement at the Africa Cup of Nations in January.

Aurier was left out of Spurs’ Premier League opener against Manchester City, while also missing out on Nuno Espirito Santo’s 25-man squad which travelled to Portugal to face Pacos de Ferreira after being omitted from selection for both legs of the European tie.

McLeish, however, believes now is the time for Levy to act regarding Aurier’s situation and backs the Spurs chairman to use his experience to sort out a move.

Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “Daniel’s one of the best in terms of finances.

“He’s got a lot of experience. He will not tolerate players who are earning massive money and aren’t returning the goods.

“I’m not saying he’s not going to fulfil his potential. But somewhere along the line, they have to balance the books.

“If he’s not starting the season then, again, he’s going to be a player who may be disillusioned at not getting a starting place.”

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Aurier is obviously in a tough position at Spurs at the moment. He wants to leave the club and is behind both Japhet Tanganga and Matt Doherty in the pecking order and unless any injury problems hit the squad, it’s unlikely that he comes back in. Hopefully, some kind of resolution comes to this scenario.

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