Serge Aurier has suggested that he no longer wants to leave Tottenham Hotspur and is happy to stay with the Premier League side, in comments reported by the London Evening Standard.
Aurier was heavily linked with the exit at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this summer. He went into the international break having not made a single appearance for Mauricio Pochettino’s men in the opening weeks of the campaign.
The writing appeared to be on the wall when Davinson Sanchez started at right-back in the North London derby before the break. But the London Evening Standard reports that there were no serious bids for the Ivory Coast international while the window was open.
But, while Aurier admitted that he was interested in leaving a few weeks ago, he insisted that he is pleased that he is going nowhere.
“Yes, but that was the situation before the transfer window closed,” he said, as reported by the London Evening Standard when asked about whether he wanted to leave. “Now I’m feeling calm and happy to stay. I’ve spoken with everyone and I don’t want to leave. I had something in my head, but I didn’t want to leave for the gaffer or the chairman.
“It was a personal situation and now it’s OK. Everyone wants to give me another chance. We need to give our best for this season and for the trophies. The new season has started for me and that is it.
“It was my first game in this stadium, my family were there. Nothing has changed in my life. I stay and now I want to prove myself, give my best for the supporters, for the club, for everyone.”
Aurier made the perfect statement after being handed a rare start against Crystal Palace at the weekend. He provided two assists as Spurs won 4-0. He also helped his side keep their first clean sheet of the campaign.
It was the kind of performance that suggests that Aurier will not struggle to put the speculation behind him.
And perhaps it could prove to be a display that convinces Pochettino to make Aurier his first-choice right-back. The position appeared to be there for the taking. And Aurier seems to have staked a claim in spectacular fashion.