Tottenham Hotspur full-back Serge Aurier has opened about his failed move to Barcelona, saying the Catalan club were scared of his reputation but those claims have been countered by the La Liga side.
With Barca’s search for a right-sided full back having developed heavily after the departure of Dani Alves in 2016, Aurier became a top target for then boss – Luis Enrique.
The Ivory Coast international was impressing at the time for Paris Saint Germain in France and was on a shortlist of options for the Camp Nou side.
However, troubles in Paris led the defender to be banned by the club, train with the reserves and receive a two-month suspended jail term for assaulting a police officer in a Parisian night club.
Having finally left PSG to join Spurs; he has now opened up about his exit and failed move to La Liga.
“I think my reputation made four or five big European sides afraid,” he told Canal Plus.
“I was negotiating with Barcelona, very advanced negotiations. And Barcelona’s people were not sure if I came here things would be different.”
But Barca have quickly reacted and denied the claims, saying: “We never sat down with the player or his representative. They wanted to sit down with us, but nothing was ever done.”
Since moving to Spurs, the 24-year-old has been playing well, appearing in eight games for the North London side.
Meanwhile, Barca have relied heavily on utility man Sergi Roberto in the right back role, whilst summer signing Nelson Semedo has also featured.
Aleix Vidal, a recognised right-back is reduced just to the Copa del Rey games and is expected to leave the club in the January transfer window.