Ex-manager: Levy desperate to offload Aurier and get his 'massive wages' off Tottenham bill
Alex McLeish has suggested Daniel Levy will be desperate to get Serge Aurier’s “massive” wages off the books at Tottenham this month.
The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 28-year-old may have become “disillusioned” at Spurs.
Sky Sports claim (August 13th) a move for Aurier recently broke down over disagreements about his involvement at next year’s Africa Cup of Nations.
Football Insider revealed in June the right-back had agreed personal terms with PSG but the French giants have since signed Achraf Hakimi.
Aurier is into the final year of his contract and told L’Equipe he would look to leave this summer.
He was left out of the 25-man squad for the Europa Conference League play-off game against Pacos de Ferreira.
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As such, McLeish suggested Levy would now push to rid the club of the defender’s wages.
“Daniel’s one of the best in terms of finances,” McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.
“He’s got a lot of experience. He will not tolerate players who are earning massive money and aren’t returning the goods.
“I’m not saying he’s not going to fulfil his potential.
“But somewhere along the line, they have to balance the books.
“If he’s not starting the season then, again, he’s going to be a player who may be disillusioned at not getting a starting place.”
Aurier joined Spurs in 2017 and has played 110 times for the north Londoners.
He made 27 appearances last season as he battled Matt Doherty for a starting role.
However, Japhet Tanganga, 22, started at right-back for the Lilywhites’ Premier League opener against Manchester City.