Tottenham have completed a 5-year contract for 24-year-old Paris St-Germain defender Serge Aurier in the range of $29 million dollars.
Tottenham proudly posted this video on Twitter saying, “Get to know our latest signing”
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 31, 2017
“This is a fresh start for me. I am determined to prove myself as a professional both on and off the pitch,” said Aurier.
“The fans are the most important people at any club and I am looking forward to showing them and everyone at Spurs the real Serge Aurier.”
Aurier represented the Ivory Coast at the 2014 World Cup and started every game when they won the Africa Cup of Nations in 2015, scoring in the penalty shootout win over Ghana in the final.
This signing does come with some controversy over the past history that Aurier’s behavior.
Aurier received a suspended sentence for assaulting a police officer last year, which held up the new deal with work permit complications.
While at PSG, he was banned for three European matches after insulting referee Bjorn Kuipers on Facebook.
Then, in March 2016, he was suspended indefinitely after appearing to use homophobic language to insult coach Laurent Blanc and calling team-mate Angel di Maria a “clown” on social media app Periscope.
Aurier, who was ordered to train with the reserve team, later apologised for his “inexcusable” behaviour.
He returned to the PSG side and made 22 league appearances last season, despite being convicted of elbowing a police officer after leaving a nightclub in May 2016.
Aurier was stopped from entering the United Kingdom in November 2016 before PSG’s Champions League match against Arsenal as a result of the two-month sentence.
Lets hope the fresh start leaves the darkness behind him.