Toulouse defender Serge Aurier has admitted that he would love to play in the Premier League, but has confirmed that no deal is in place to join his boyhood club, Arsenal.
The Ivory Coast international, who starred in Brazil for his country, was reportedly on his way to the Emirates Stadium in order to replace Bacary Sagna, but that move is now unlikely as Arsene Wenger has turned his attentions to Newcastle United right-back Matheiu Debuchy.
The Frenchman is set to sign for Arsenal within the next few days, which has essentially ended Aurier’s dream-move to Arsenal, and he has admitted that a move to the Premier League is what he wants in his future.
‘People say that there was an agreement for me to join Arsenal, that I had already signed,’ the Toulouse man told Foot Mercato.
‘That is not true. All that I can say is that England is the league I like the most. Things are clear. I have always preferred a move to England, because it is the league that suits me the best.
‘At the moment, I have not given my agreement to any club, whoever they might be and am therefore free to talk to whoever I want.
‘To play in England is my dream, but sometimes dreams do not come true.’
It’s believed Arsenal wanted Debuchy over Aurier because of age, and as the Newcastle defender is older, Wenger thought that would be good for youngsters Hector Bellerin and Carl Jenkinson.
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt – @AlexsArticles