Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Michael Brown believes that the North Londoners should not be in a rush to hand Serge Aurier a new contract since the Ivorian still has 18 months to run on his existing deal.
Aurier has established himself as Jose Mourinho’s first-choice at right-back ahead of Matt Doherty in recent weeks.
It was a major vote of confidence from the Tottenham boss to the former PSG man after handing him starts in back to back Premier League matches against Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal.
The 27-year-old certainly repaid Mourinho’s faith, putting in solid and defensively disciplined displays in all three matches, helping his side keep three clean sheets.
Reports indicate that Daniel Levy is keen to tie Aurier down to a new contract in order to avoid the defender potentially running into the final year of his deal at the club.
While Brown admitted that he has been impressed by the right-back’s improved form, he suggested that the club should not be in a rush to reward him with a new contract so that Aurier remains on his toes.
The pundit told Football Insider: “You were always questioning that, weren’t you, to see what he’s going, how he was going to react?
“I mean, for me, with 18 months left, I don’t know, I just don’t think there’s any rush for Spurs’ case until the end of the season.
“I just think, ‘keep everyone fighting, keep them on their toes, you’ve got another player in that position’, so 18 months is fine but if he gets a new deal, he’s obviously playing, he’s in and around and Spurs are in a good position.”
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Matt Doherty’s arrival has certainly done wonders for Aurier and I believe both players will continue to keep each other on their toes as they know that one bad performance can see them lose their place in the side. It would make little sense for the club to allow Aurier to run his deal down to the final 12 months. Besides, the 27-year-old has certainly deserved a pay rise on the back of his impressive displays this season.
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