Report: Defender who left Spurs in 2021 set to become a free agent again

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Serge Aurier will leave Villarreal on a free transfer this summer after the La Liga club chose not to activate the two-year extension to his contract, AS have revealed.

Aurier spent four seasons at Tottenham since arriving at the North London club from Paris Saint-Germain in 2017.

While the right-back did produce some moments of quality in a Spurs shirt, they were interrupted too often by moments of madness, particularly defensively.

The 29-year-old eventually departed the Lilywhites last summer after running his contract down before putting pen to paper with Villarreal.

AS now explain that Aurier signed a 12-month deal at El Madrigal, with the Yellow Submarine having the option to extend the deal by another two years.

The report explains that it was Unai Emery who pushed for the club to sign the right-back but the former Arsenal boss was allegedly not convinced by his performances this season.

The report claims that Emery has now ‘definitively ruled out’ the chances of Aurier continuing at the club next season, with the defender now expected to be a free agent once again.

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There were some suggestions by Spurs fans on social media that Aurier would have been a better fit for Conte’s set-up than Mourinho’s but I always remained unconvinced. This is perhaps proof that the 29-year-old was not of the required level.

However, I am confused by Villarreal’s contract offer. One would have thought that it would have been in the La Liga side’s best interest to offer him a longer-term deal last summer so that they can get a transfer fee for him even if he failed to perform well.

Perhaps, the former PSG man’s wage demands were too excessive for the club to consider a longer-term deal.

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