Serge Aurier: Villarreal sign Ivorian defender after Tottenham exit

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Serge Aurier spent four years at Tottenham before leaving the club in August  (Getty Images)
Serge Aurier spent four years at Tottenham before leaving the club in August (Getty Images)

Serge Aurier has signed for LaLiga outfit Villarreal following his exit from Tottenham.

The Ivorian right-back has put pen to paper on a short-term contract at the Estadio de la Ceramica lasting until the end of the season but including the option for a further two years.

Aurier reunites with ex-Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain manager Unai Emery, who has been in charge at Villarreal since July 2020 and last season delivered the club’s maiden European trophy in the form of the Europa League, beating Manchester United in a marathon penalty shootout in the final in Gdansk.

This season the Yellow Submarine have found wins difficult to come by and currently sit 11th in LaLiga after Sunday’s Arnaut Danjuma-inspired 2-0 win over Real Betis, while they were beaten by a last-gasp Cristiano Ronaldo goal in a Champions League group stage rematch against United at Old Trafford last week.

Aurier will join a defence that has conceded only three times in the Spanish top-flight so far this term - the joint-best record in the division.

The 28-year-old spent four years at Tottenham after joining from PSG in a £23million deal in 2017, making 110 appearances and scoring eight goals.

However, Aurier had dropped down the pecking order in north London and agreed at the end of August to mutually terminate his Spurs contract a year before it was due to expire having been told he had no future at the club.

Tottenham had looked to sell the player after agreeing to loan Barcelona full-back Emerson Royal, but could not find a buyer.

“I have really enjoyed my time at Spurs and would like to thank the club and the fans, but I feel now is the right time for me to move onto a new challenge,” Aurier said after leaving Tottenham.

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