According to Le10 Sport, Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho wants to give defender Serge Aurier a new contract to stay with the club.
Last month, the Daily Mail reported that Spurs were willing to sell Aurier this summer, as the club were frustrated with him breaking lockdown protocol amid the ongoing global pandemic.
A new right back is certainly on the radar for Spurs, but it may be a case of adding them to Aurier rather than replacing the Ivorian whenever the transfer window opens.
These new reports in France suggest that Mourinho wants to give Aurier a new deal, as he only has two year left on his contract with the club.
When Aurier joined Spurs from Paris Saint-Germain in 2017, he signed a five-year deal, and few would have expected him to make it that long when Mauricio Pochettino seemingly grew frustrated with him.
Yet with Kieran Trippier sold and Kyle Walker-Peters injured and then loaned out, Aurier has nailed down the sport as Mourinho’s first-choice right back.
Despite the frustrations about his recent actions, it’s believed that Mourinho wants to ensure that Aurier doesn’t leave the club any time soon, with AC Milan interested.
Maybe Mourinho realises that the pandemic will hit his transfer budget hard. Finding one right back will be tricky enough, never mind two if Aurier leaves. Rather than replace another player, maybe Tottenham are better off sticking with Aurier for a while yet.