Jose Mourinho admitted before the game last night that it was Serge Aurier’s decision to make himself available for the Newcastle United clash, despite the murder of his brother just 48 hours before.
On Monday, the club relayed the shocking news that the right-back’s brother, Christopher Aurier, had been shot outside a night club in Toulouse.
However, Serge still took his place in the starting eleven at St James’ Park, much to some people’s surprise.
Despite the difficult circumstances he is currently going through, Aurier put in a decent display against the Magpies to help Tottenham to a crucial 3-1 victory.
Speaking before the match, Mourinho insisted that he was ready to grant the Ivory Coast international compassionate leave until the end of the season if he had asked for it.
The Spurs boss revealed that it was Aurier who had asked to play against Newcastle before flying home to France to meet his family.
According to Football.London, Mourinho said: “It’s a strong decision from him. We would always support Serge’s decision.
“If he decided not to play until the end of the season we would respect that.
“I think every person probably suffering the same but has different ways of handling tragedies like this one.
“He asked us to play and then asked us for tomorrow to go to France to see his mum which of course we are fully supportive of.”
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Aurier showed tremendous mental strength to be involved against Newcastle, at a time when he must have been extremely emotional. He also proved that he is committed to the club and ready to do anything he can to help his teammates.
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