Pundit names two reasons Mourinho will hasten defender’s Tottenham exit

Date published: Saturday 6th February 2021 10:34 - Neil Foster

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Former Aston Villa and England forward Gabriel Agbonlahor feels Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho will look to replace Serge Aurier in the next transfer window.

Aurier, 28, has been with the north Londoners since August 2017. He has made exactly 100 appearances in all competitions, with 70 of those coming in the Premier League.

After initially struggling to adapt to the English game, he enjoyed 33 league outings last season. The Ivory Coast international has made 12 top-flight starts this term.

Matt Doherty arrived in the summer to add competition to the full-back position. But the Republic of Ireland international has yet to make his mark at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

That is one of the reasons why Aurier has seen game time but reports of discontent will not go away. The African was dropped for Sunday’s 1-0 loss at Brighton.

That was after reports he stormed out of Spurs’ stadium at half time during January’s 3-1 defeat to Liverpool. He did play against Chelsea on Thursday as the Blues earned a 1-0 victory.

His long-term future is now up in the air. And Agbonlahor believes the signs are there that there will be a parting of the ways sooner rather than later.

“In the Spurs documentary [Mourinho] says to [Aurier]: ‘I don’t like you on set pieces, you’re going to make a mistake’,” he told Football Insider.

“Every time Aurier plays he seems to switch off. Whatever was said at half time was deserved because I thought he was dreadful in his defending against Liverpool.

“If he’s not taken that well I don’t blame Jose Mourinho for leaving him out. I’m sure Jose Mourinho will be looking for a long-term replacement for Aurier.”

Aurier has eyes on Paris

Aurier joined Chelsea after three years with Paris Saint-Germain. He won eight trophies and appeared happy in the French capital.

And with rumours that he may be jettisoned in the summer, a trip across the Channel cannot be ruled out.

“It’s the club I’ve loved the most out of all the clubs I’ve played for,” he said (via The Sun). “Paris is where I turned into a man, as a professional, where I discovered myself more. That’s where I enjoyed myself the most.

“When I was a youngster at Lens, Paris was the club of my heart. One day, it would be no problem at all to go back, with pleasure. I will never turn down an offer from Paris, that is absolutely certain.”

 

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