Pochettino Warns Aurier to Behave
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has warned new signing Serge Aurier that any mischief will not be tolerated.
The Spurs, who place heavy emphasis on discipline, bought the 24-year-old Ivorian international from Paris Saint-Germain for £23 million in August.
The controversial football star was banned for three games by PSG in early 2016 after he allegedly hurled slurs at his then manager, Laurent Blanc.
Aurier was also banned from entering the UK last year, which prevented him from playing a match, after he was convicted of assaulting a police officer in Paris.
Pochettino hopes that Aurier has reformed, and insists that he will come down hard on any negative behaviour: “I said to him, ‘I will kill you’, I (would) head-butt him,” Pochettino joked to Sky Sports.
“I think it was good, we had a long chat. He knows very well how we are, what we expect from him and for us it’s so important, not only him, every player, how they behave here in the squad,” Pochettino explained.
The new Spurs defender is happy to have made the move.
“I wanted a new life because PSG didn’t respect my true worth,” he said.
“They dwelt on other matters beside football. Statistically speaking, I am the most influential defender in Ligue 1 between 2013 and now. I have also won nine trophies with PSG,” Aurier continued.
Pochettino seems hopeful that his new player has changed and has entered a new, more mature, chapter of his life.