Serge Aurier has been handed a career lifeline by former Arsenal boss Unai Emery after signing for Villarreal on a free transfer.
The pacy right-back, who also played under Emery during his time at Paris Saint-Germain, left Tottenham on deadline day after agreeing to have his contract mutually terminated.
Aurier played 110 games for Spurs after signing from PSG in 2017, but had since fallen down the pecking order under bosses Jose Mourinho and Nuno Espirito Santo.
Spurs also signed former Barcelona right-back Emerson Royal on deadline day to add further competition in that area of the pitch.
Aurier, who has also played 70 times for the Ivory Coast, could be in line to play against Manchester United in the Champions League on November 23, depending on his fitness.
Speaking after the deal with the Spanish club was confirmed, Aurier said he was delighted at being given the opportunity to link up with his former boss again.
‘It’s a new experience for me, I’m excited because I have watched Lot of games, a good opportunity to start,’ Aurier said.
‘I knew the manager during my time at PSG, he called me and I’m happy to work with him because we have a good relationship.
‘I know the fans and atmosphere and I’m very happy to be here.’
After agreeing to let the former PSG full-back go on a free at the end of August, Spurs released a statement thanking him for his service to the club.
‘The Club can confirm the departure of Serge Aurier following the mutual termination of his contract,’ the statement said.
‘Signed from PSG in August 2017, Serge made his debut in our 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League before going on to make 110 appearances for us, scoring eight goals.
While Aurier added: ‘I have really enjoyed my time at Spurs and would like to thank the Club and the fans, but I feel now is the right time for me to move onto a new challenge.
‘We thank Serge for his service and wish him well for the future.’
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