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Thursday, 31 August 2017

[Updated] Tottenham sign Serge Aurier


Ivorian right -back Serge Aurier has joined Tottenham Hotspur from Paris Saint - Germain on a five -year contract , the two clubs announced on Thursday .

Spurs are reported to have paid PSG around £23 million ( $ 29 .6 million , 25 million euros ) to sign the 24 - year -old , who won two Ligue 1 titles during his three years in Paris .

The deal was held up as Spurs ’ request for a work permit was complicated by the suspended two -month prison sentence Aurier was given after an assault on a police officer outside a Paris nightclub in May 2016.

“This is a huge and exciting opportunity at a massive football club and I am determined to prove myself as a professional both on and off the pitch ,” Aurier said in comments published on the Spurs website.

“This is a fresh start for me and I will do everything to make the Spurs fanbase , which is huge and diverse , proud of me .

“The fans are the most important people at any club and I am looking forward to showing them and everyone at Spurs the real Serge Aurier . ”

Aurier ’ s conviction for elbowing a police officer meant he was barred from entering the United Kingdom by the British authorities for PSG’s Champions League game against Arsenal last November .

His reference to Spurs ’ “diverse ” fanbase was a pointed one as he was suspended by PSG last year for making a homophobic slur against former coach Laurent Blanc in a social media video .

Aurier , capped 40 times by Ivory Coast , began his career with French club Lens and spent two and a half seasons at Toulouse before joining PSG in January 2014 .

During his time at Parc des Princes , he also won three French Cups and three French League Cups.
At Spurs he will fill the void left by England right -back Kyle Walker ’s £ 45 million move to Manchester City. 

He can also play at centre -back .
Aurier is Spurs ’ fourth acquisition of the transfer window after Davinson Sanchez , a club- record £42 million recruit from Ajax , back- up goalkeeper Paulo Gazzanigga and Argentinian youngster Juan Foyth .

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