PSG have announced the signing of highly rated Ivory Cost defender Serge Aurier on a season long loan with the option of a permanent transfer, reports Sky Sports.
The 21 year old caught the eye of many clubs, including Arsenal, during his impressive displays at the World Cup in Brazil last month. Although, Aurier and his teammates failed to qualify for the knock out stages though, all thanks to a last minute penalty scored by Georgios Samaras.
World Cup promise
Aurier was one of the standout players on the tournament though despite that early exit. He created two assists, both against Japan, as the Elephants came back to win their opening match 2-1 for example.
After experiencing such a high level of football, and performing capably on that stage, Aurier is looking for the opportunity to excel at the highest level of European football. The attraction of Champions League football as well as playing alongside PSG’s big names such as Zlatan Ibrahimovich, Thiago Silva, Edison Cavani and Ezequiel Lavazzi was no doubt the clincher in this loan deal.
Aurier vs. Van der Wiel
The young defender scored six times for Toulouse last season, as well as providing six assists. His performances were strong enough to see him be included in the team of the year for Ligue 1 last term..
Aurier has made 71 appearances for Toulouse since his move from Lens in 2012, after he came through the north French side’s storied academy.
The Ivory Coast international described the move as a dream come true and completes what he called a “fantastic summer”. He will compete against Gregory van der Wiel to be first choice right-back in the French capital next season, with manager Laurent Blanc deciding that the Dutch international needs strong competition in that positoon.
Jallet makes way
Aurier will replace Christophe Jallet after the 30-year-old signed for Lyon on a three year contract. The French international moved to the Parc des Princes in 2009 from Lorient and went on to make 138 appearances for PSG.
Jallet was a key player as PSG won two league titles and several trophies during his spell with the club.
The defender was given the armband during the 2011/12 season by manager Carlo Ancelotti after Mamadou Sakho was dropped from the team, receiving lots of praise for his technical ability from the Italian. Jallet was also called up five times for the national squad during his half-decade at PSG.
Lyon president, Jean-Michel Aulas said that Jallet was their only choice as a defensive signing, who will bring plenty of experience to the club. The lack of playing time during the end of his time in Paris was a key factor to the 30 year old’s decision to move on, as well facing a new challenge.