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Barcelona spokesman perfectly responds to Serge Aurier's surprising claims

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Tottenham Hotspur splashed the cash on Transfer Deadline Day to bring PSG full-back Serge Aurier to north London.

The controversial Ivorian defender has been competing with Kieran Trippier for a place in Mauricio Pochettino's starting XI.

He made his fourth Premier League start on Sunday, keeping a clean sheet in the narrow 1-0 home win over Crystal Palace.

Aurier almost failed to complete the £23m transfer due to a criminal conviction he received for assaulting a police officer in Paris last year.

He also caused a huge stir when a video surfaced online in which he is seen making homophobic comments about his coach Laurent Blanc.

The 24-year-old, who spent three years at PSG, was given clearance to receive a work visa by the Home Office just in the nick of time.

In an interview released on Sunday, Aurier claimed he was in "advanced negotiations" with Barcelona before agreeing to join Tottenham.

“I think my reputation made four or five big European sides afraid,” he told Canal Plus.

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“I was negotiating with Barcelona, very advanced negotiations. And Barcelona’s people were not sure if I came here things would be different.”

Aurier claimed he made the right decision to leave PSG due to the media's harsh treatment.

“It was the right choice [to leave],” he added. “After a while, I did not feel comfortable with the media.

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“For me, it was never going to end. After a while, I felt like a prisoner, with a camera on my back. By staying in France, I would have never washed this image.”

Barcelona spokesman responds

A spokesman from Barcelona released an unequivocal statement just hours after Aurier's interview was released.

"We never sat down with the player or his representative, they wanted to sit down with us but we never did anything," said a Barcelona club spokesman.

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That's one way to deflate a man's ego.

The Catalan giants, who are currently running away with La Liga, spent €30m on Benfica right-back Nelson Semedo.

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