Tottenham full-back Serge Aurier says that he would “never turn down” the chance to return to Paris Saint-Germain later in his career.
The 28-year-old moved to Spurs from the French champions in 2017 and has had a mixed spell so far.
Indeed, while he struggled with injury in the 2018/19 season, he has earned Jose Mourinho‘s trust. Last season, after missing four of the first eight Premier League games, he played in each of the next 30 games.
This term, meanwhile, he has continued his solid performances but has said that he would not turn down the chance to return to his former club.
“When I say PSG is the club close to my heart, I don’t want journalists to say, ‘He can’t say that!’ But of course I will answer,” he said (via The Sun).
“It’s the club I’ve loved the most out of all the clubs I’ve played for.
“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.
“If ever it comes up, why not? If it doesn’t, I’m very happy where I am and things are going well for me.”
Spurs started the season in excellent fashion, putting together an 11-match Premier League unbeaten run after their opening-day defeat to Everton.
However, they have collected only one point from their last three outings, ahead of Sunday’s clash with Wolves.
Aurier, though, says that a change in Jose Mourinho’s behaviour has proved crucial to their overall form.
Aurier notices Mourinho change
“I think he’s changed a lot,” the right-back said of his manager.
“Of course, sometimes he has rushes of blood, but I think the fact he took a year’s sabbatical allows you to focus on what constitutes one’s strengths and weaknesses.
“Now I believe he gets less angry and he explains things better in order to get results.
“Since I’ve been here the squad has always had quality, but was maybe lacking some character. I think we’re getting this character little by little.
“When I mean character, it’s with regard to what I experienced at PSG.”