Serge Aurier has joined Villarreal, the Spanish club have announced, just over a month after leaving Tottenham.
The 28-year-old saw his contract with Spurs ended by mutual consent on transfer deadline day. That saw Aurier move into the free agent market and the LaLiga side have snapped him up.
Aurier initially moves to Unai Emery’s Europa League holders on a deal until the end of the season, with the option for two further campaigns.
Villarreal sit 11th in LaLiga after taking 11 points from their opening seven games and are bottom of Champions League Group F following a draw with Atalanta and defeat to Manchester United.
Aurier will join up with his new team-mates after the international break, having been selected by Ivory Coast for two World Cup qualifiers against Malawi.
The right-back, who captains his country and has won 70 caps, spent four years at Tottenham after arriving from Paris St Germain in August 2017.
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Aurier has been in Spain to talk over terms and put pen to paper on a deal on Monday afternoon.
Unai Emery is the man in charge at Villarreal and he had Aurier under his wing when the pair were together at Paris Saint-Germain.
Hurst says Spurs should let Kane leave
Elsewhere, World Cup-winning legend Geoff Hurst believes there is no point keeping a player against his will.
Hurst was of course asked about Harry Kane’s situation at Tottenham.
The striker asked to leave the club at the start of the summer. Spurs though put their foot down and the England man ending up staying.
“To be honest with you, I get on with the Spurs players, we were great pals years ago. The thing I would say about the Spurs situation quite clearly – they should let Harry Kane go,” he told talkSPORT.
“Keeping a player who wants to move on, and maybe deserves an opportunity playing in the Champions League.
“Keeping him there with resistance is not necessarily good for the player and not necessarily good for the club. I think they should move him on, personally.”