Serge Aurier has admitted in an interview that he wanted to leave Tottenham Hotspur this summer.
Speaking to Bal des Productions (as relayed by Football.London), the Ivory Coast international revealed that he had made the “simple” decision to leave and stated it was a “normal” thing for him to do.
“What competition? There isn’t any,” he said. “I’d simply decided to leave [this summer], which was normal for me.
“Many things were taken into consideration. In the end, I wasn’t able to leave. It proves the club trust me on a lot of points, and we’ll see.
“We’ll see how the season pans out, but for now, I’m here, the transfer window is shut and we need to concentrate on the campaign ahead.”
Aurier appears to be very much on the fringes of Mauricio Pochettino’s side at the moment, with the likes of Kyle Walker-Peters, Juan Foyth and even Davinson Sanchez seemingly being the preferred options for the Argentine.
Walker-Peters started the season as the first-choice right-back for Spurs before he was ruled out with a hamstring injury, whilst Juan Foyth was utilised in the position at points last season – with his performance in the position against Manchester City earning him notable recognition.
Sanchez was used on the right side of the defence during their north London derby clash with Arsenal prior to the international break, which would make Aurier’s place in the squad questionable considering he was available for the game.
The experienced Ivorian, who would have, surely, been hoping for his opportunity this season following Kieran Trippier’s departure to Atletico Madrid, has had to be patient. His last appearance for Spurs came back in their Champions League win against Borussia Dortmund at the beginning of March.
As mentioned, Aurier’s place in Pochettino’s pecking order does not appear to be very high and the possibility of him playing any regular football for Tottenham does not seem quite likely at this moment in time.
If things do not improve for the Ivorian, it would not be a surprise if he were to try and push for an exit in the January transfer window.
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