Serge Aurier says he helped persuade his former PSG teammate Lucas Moura to join Tottenham instead of other potential destinations.
Moura joined Spurs in a £25 million deal on deadline day, but Aurier claims the Brazilian could have signed for another club. (Quotes via ESPN.)
“I’m happy. I’m really happy to have him here,” said Aurier. “I spoke a lot to him before his arrival and I reassured him. I think he made the right decision. He had other opportunities, but I think it’s the best choice for him and for his career.”
So who were those clubs? Well, Arsenal were certainly interested earlier in the window – it could have been them. Napoli, Valencia and Real Betis were also said to be fond of him.
Aurier added: “I told him it’s an ambitious club, a beautiful club with a really good team. I think he was looking for somewhere where he could have fun again and he has come to the right team.
“It’s a spirited group here, which is not afraid of welcoming new players and in that regard I know what I’m talking about. So he simply made the right choice and now I just hope he’s going to adapt as quickly as possible.”