Serge Aurier opens door to PSG transfer by insisting joining Mauricio Pochettino would be 'a pleasure'

SERGE AURIER has opened the door for a return to former club Paris Saint-Germain — claiming it would be 'a pleasure'.

And that would mean a potential reunion with former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, who looks set to take over at the French giants.

Right-back Aurier, 28, hopes to return to Jose Mourinho’s Spurs side for the trip to Wolves on Sunday.

A £23million signing from PSG three years ago, the Ivory Coast star confirmed he dreams of a switch back to the Parc des Princes.

Aurier said: “When I say PSG is the club close to my heart, I don’t want journalists to say, ‘He can’t say that!’ But of course I will answer.

“It’s the club I’ve loved the most out of all the clubs I’ve played for.

“Paris is where I turned into a man, as a professional, where I discovered myself more. That’s where I enjoyed myself the most.

“When I was a youngster at Lens, Paris was the club of my heart.

“One day, it would be no problem at all to go back, with pleasure. I will never turn down an offer from Paris, that is absolutely certain.

“If ever it comes up, why not? If it doesn’t, I’m very happy where I am and things are going well for me.”

Aurier initially joined PSG on loan for a season before spending a further two years at the club. He won the Ligue 1 title twice and lifted the French Cup on three occasions.

But the defender reckons he is having a good season for Spurs.

He said: “I work all the time, I’m a hard worker. I’m maybe having my best start to the season of my career, so I’m happy with what’s happening.”

Aurier — who gave away a penalty in the home defeat to Leicester before Christmas — has also given an insight into manager Mourinho, believing he is calmer than before.

He explained: “I think he’s changed a lot.

“Of course, sometimes he has rushes of blood, but I think the fact he took a year’s sabbatical allows you to focus on what constitutes one’s strengths and weaknesses.

The squad has always had quality, but was maybe lacking some character. I think we’re getting this character little by little.

“Now I believe he gets less angry and he explains things better in order to get results.

“Since I’ve been here the squad has always had quality, but was maybe lacking some character. I think we’re getting this character little by little.

“When I mean character, it’s with regard to what I experienced at PSG.”

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