Tottenham round-up: Aurier opens up on PSG life; Lamela return date; Vertonghen on Colombian arrival
The Premier League has undoubtedly gained a big character in the form of Tottenham defender Serge Aurier, and the former Paris Saint-Germain right-back has opened up on his time in France.
In an interview with The Sun, Tottenham’s new £23 million has claimed that he arrives in England as the best defender in France and that he’s looking to be known as one of the world’s best right-backs.
Aurier said: “Statistically speaking, I am the most influential defender in Ligue 1 between 2013 and now. I have also won nine trophies with PSG.
“There are more striking things about my career than what happened off the field, but this is what they preferred to linger over.”
The Ivorian is referring to the charges he received for assaulting a police officer whilst in the French capital last year, an incident that put his application for a UK work permit – and the move – in doubt.
He continued to say: “Tottenham are an ambitious club that plays good football and often finishes around the top of the Premier League.
“My salary is of little importance. I want to be with a club where I can have fun. If money was my main interest I swear that I’d have stayed in Paris. But I have signed a five-year deal with Tottenham so I can experience new things and become one of the best right-backs in the world.”
Aurier is in line to make his Tottenham debut when they take the trip to Everton on Saturday afternoon to face Ronald Koeman’s new-look side, looking to bounce back from the Burnley draw last time out.
In other news, Tottenham and Argentine midfielder Erik Lamela could potentially be back in first-team contention by the end of the year, according to reports in the Evening Standard this afternoon.
The 25-year-old has spent nearly 11 months on the side-lines after injuring both hips, and he recently underwent surgery on his left hip in April before getting his right seen to in late May.
Lamela was left out of Tottenham’s Champions League squad but, should he continue with his rehabilitation, there’s a small chance he could be added and registered for the knock-out stages.
Finally, Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen has said that he’s looking forward to working alongside new signing Davinson Sanchez in the Spurs defence after hearing ‘good things’ about him.
The 21-year-old Colombian became Tottenham’s first major signing of the summer last month, arriving from Dutch outfit Ajax in a £42million deal, and he’s already made quite an impression in north London.
Speaking to Tottenham’s club website, Vertonghen said: “I know people who know him and they are all very positive, they rate him very highly.
“I’d say that the Premier League is more physical than the Dutch league, but Sanchez looks like he has that physicality so I’m sure he’ll do well here.”
Sanchez was part of the Colombian side that held Brazil to a creditable draw in Tuesday evening’s 2018 World Cup qualifier, and he could be awarded his debut by Mauricio Pochettino at Everton this weekend.
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