Tottenham forced to 'terminate' Aurier due to 'no interest' - pundit
Alan Hutton has suggested Tottenham backed themselves into a corner ahead of the mutual termination of Serge Aurier’s contract.
The former Lilywhites defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said Spurs created a “problem” for themselves with the arrival of Emerson Royal.
Tottenham confirmed the departure of Aurier late on deadline day (August 31st) after the mutual termination of his contract.
Earlier that day, Spurs completed the capture of Brazillian right-back Emerson from Barcelona.
Football Insider understands that Tottenham paid around £25.7million for the 22-year-old.
Emerson joins Matt Doherty and Japhet Tanganga as the North London club’s options at right-back.
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Hutton stated that Aurier’s release won’t have been an easy decision for Spurs.
“They’ve brought in Emerson, and they’ve got another two there,” he told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge.
“Having four right-backs is a problem.
“Aurier came in for big money, he’ll have been on big wages.
“It’s not ideal to terminate the contract, Spurs will have wanted to recoup some of the fee.
“But there was no interest there, so there’s just nothing you can do.
“I do understand why Spurs have taken this stance.
“They didn’t need him at the club for his last year on big wages.
“It was either he sat there on the sidelines for a year or terminate his contract and let him be on his way, and they’ve chosen the latter.
“Hopefully it can work out for everybody.”
Aurier joined Tottenham from PSG in 2017 for £23million, signing a five-year deal that was set to expire next summer.
The Ivorian made 110 appearances for Spurs across all competitions, scoring eight goals.