Report: Tottenham defender Aurier an option to replace Celik at Lille
Tottenham ace Serge Aurier is an option for Lille if Zeki Celik leaves the Ligue 1 champions, according to Fabrizio Romano.
What’s the story?
Celik is in talks over a move to Spanish champions Atletico Madrid if the Italian transfer guru is to be believed. A move for Aurier to Lille depends on how talks for the Turkey international go.
The future of the Ivory Coast international has been up in the air all summer long.
It recently emerged that the player and his agent are confident the right-back will depart the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this window.
He was on the fringes of the starting XI last season, making just 19 starts in the Premier League.
Commenting on people leaving the club, Nuno Espirito Santo said it is not his job to convince anyone to play for Spurs.
Aurier can mend his career
Aurier can rebuild his career at Lille after failure at Tottenham.
It seems years ago that the right-back was a promising youngster with the world at his feet.
His talents alerted the French giants Paris Saint Germain, who signed him on a permanent deal after an initial loan spell.
Fast forward to 2021, and his career has only gone one way and that is down.
His fall from grace has been spectacular and his career desperately needs a rebuild.
A move back to the country of his upbringing would do him the world of good.
The football is played at a far slower pace; an environment that would suit him.
Aurier is far more of a forward-thinking footballer.
He thrives in the attacking third, making a move to one of the biggest clubs in France a smart transfer. Aurier would benefit from playing for a team which is likely to attack more than they defend.
At Tottenham, the 28-year-old was found wanting when asked to defend more than he attacks. He would likely not suffer under those circumstances at Lille.