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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 10 December 2018

Tottenham's new signing Serge Aurier defends himself against 'disrespectful' media

Ivorian full-back developed an unfavourable reputation during his time at France following a suspension from PSG and a police arrest.

Serge Aurier, left, in action for the Ivory Coast against Gabon during Tuesday's World Cup qualifier. Issouf Sanogo / AFP
Serge Aurier, left, in action for the Ivory Coast against Gabon during Tuesday's World Cup qualifier. Issouf Sanogo / AFP

Tottenham Hotspur new recruit Serge Aurier has said he got a rough deal from the media during his often controversial time at Paris Saint-Germain.

The Ivorian right-back joined Spurs for £23 million (Dh110.4m) on transfer deadline day last week.

"I wasn't thought highly enough of and I wasn't respected," said Aurier, 24, whose deal was complicated by his two-month suspended prison sentence for assault on a police officer outside a Paris nightclub in May 2016.

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"The thing with the police was blown out of proportion by the European media. They focused on everything except my football and if you look at my stats I've been the most decisive defender in Ligue 1 since 2013."

Aurier was sidelined for six weeks by former PSG manager Laurent Blanc over remarks he made suggesting his then manager couldn't stand up to star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The defender survived the exile but as PSG are struggling to meet Uefa's financial fair play rules since signing Neymar and Kylian Mbappe the Parisians took Tottenham's offer.

"I could have stayed," Aurier said. "I got on with everyone and they offered me a new deal, but I decided to move on to something new."

Aurier was named in Ligue 1's team of the year in both 2014 and 2016 and won the Africa Cup of Nations in 2015.