Former team mate says Tottenham star as good as international centurion
By Russell Edge
Paris Saint Germain defender Thomas Meunier has said that Tottenham right back Serge Aurier is “equal” to current team mate Dani Alves.
Spurs signed Aurier from PSG in a reported £23million deal over the summer, with the French side securing the services of Brazilian international Alves on a free transfer.
Meunier, who has competed with both his former and his current team mate for a position at right back at the club, says that there is no separating the duo.
Speaking to French publication L’Equipe, the 26-year-old said: “For me, Serge and Dani are equal. Dani has experience and a leading character on the field.
“When you invest on a player like that, you have to put him on the field.”
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Alves, 34, is recognised as one of the world’s best full backs of recent years, having made a century of appearances for Brazil as well as picking up 34 senior trophies in his career, including three Champions League titles.
He has made a bright start to his career in France, scoring twice and setting up a further two assists for his team mates in his eight appearances.
Despite Aurier being 11 years younger than his replacement at PSG, he has picked up 13 titles in his career so far, having made 81 appearances for the French side and a further 40 appearances for the Ivory Coast.
He has endured a mixed start for Tottenham, having impressed in his competitive debut against Borussia Dortmund before seeing himself sent off in the club’s 3-2 victory over West Ham.
In other Tottenham news, the club are set to go head-to-head with Liverpool for an international enforcer.