Serge Aurier wanted to leave Tottenham in the summer for two reasons, according to the Athletic.
The right-back has been a regular starter for Spurs of late but remains a divisive figure, and there have been calls for Kyle Walker-Peters to return to the starting line-up after Aurier’s latest mistake against Liverpool.
The fact that Walker-Peters isn’t playing perhaps shows why Mauricio Pochettino was keen to keep hold of Aurier in the summer. After Kieran Trippier’s move to Atletico Madrid, the club did not sign a replacement and Pochettino clearly didn’t want to be left with Walker-Peters as his only option.
Had Tottenham replaced Trippier, it’s likely Aurier would have left, something he wanted to do for two reasons.
For one, the Athletic claims Aurier was frustrated to see the out-of-form Trippier starting ahead of him last season. And secondly, the Ivorian is said to have ‘grown tired of the demands placed on him’ by Pochettino.
It’s strange, then, that he didn’t push harder for a transfer. Perhaps he knew he would get more regular game time after Trippier’s exit. It will be interesting to see if Tottenham look to sell and replace Aurier in January.