Football.London’s Rob Guest has admitted that Jose Mourinho does not want Serge Aurier to leave Tottenham before the transfer window shuts.
Aurier has fallen down the pecking order since the arrival of Matt Doherty, with the Ivorian starting just one of Tottenham’s first five matches of the campaign – the 3-1 Europe League win over Shkendija in North Macedonia.
Spurs have made a number high-profile acquisitions this window and reports indicate that the former Paris Saint-Germain defender is one of a few fringe players the club are looking to cash-in on (The Athletic’s David Ornstein).
Aurier continues to be linked with a move to AC Milan, with The Daily Mail reporting on Sunday that the Serie A giants remain in talks with the Lilywhites over the 27-year-old.
Mourinho has previously said that he would like to have two players in every position and Guest has revealed that the Spurs boss wants Aurier to stay.
However, the journalist admitted that the right-back’s future is still up in the air heading into the final week of the transfer window.
When asked by a fan in a Q and A if the defender is likely to be sold, Guest responded: “Mourinho wants Aurier to stay at the club beyond the transfer deadline and talk of a move away has gone rather quiet recently.
“However, he did admit that much depends on the player and the market in the final weeks of the window.
“It may be a case of Tanganga and Gedson provide cover for now at right-back if Aurier does indeed go as a new striker and centre-back are priority.”
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I was impressed with Aurier’s performance against Shkendija as his crossing was much-improved and he made good use of the ball. There were certainly some signs in that performance that perhaps competition from Doherty might help bring the best out of the Ivorian. However, one can understand why the club would want to cash-in on him given our outlay so far this window as Aurier’s value is only going to drop if he spends a season on the bench.
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