Ivorian defender, Serge Aurier has completed a switch to Premier League side, Tottenham Hotspur from Paris Saint-Germain, the North London side has announced.
The fullback has been granted a work permit , and penned a five-year contract with Spurs, for a fee of around £23million.
We are delighted to announce the signing of @Serge_aurier from Paris Saint-Germain. ✍️ #WelcomeAurier pic.twitter.com/VUwvROyUK4
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 31, 2017
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The 24-year-old, who was also intensely linked with a move to another PL side, Manchester United, expressed happiness with the move.
“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, according to @Spursofficial.
“This is a fresh start for me and I will do everything to make the Spurs fan base, 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.”
Aurier was given a two-month suspended sentence for assaulting a police officer last year, which prevented him from entering the UK and also missed the CL clash between his club, PSG and Spurs’ city rivals, Arsenal.
Aurier, reportedly an Arsenal fan, has spent his entire career in France, playing for Ligue 1 sides, Lens and Toulouse, from where he joined PSG in 2015.
He has been capped 40 times by Ivory Coast, including three appearances at the 2014 World Cup, and was selected in the 2015 African Cup of Nations Team of the Tournament when the Ivory Coast lifted the trophy.