Mauricio Pochettino is determined that Serge Aurier will not upset his Tottenham dynamic and jokingly promised to “headbutt” the defender if he steps out of line.
The full-back was a controversial figure at times at former club Paris Saint-Germain, most recently receiving a suspended two-month jail sentence for assaulting a police officer outside a nightclub.
Spurs completed a deadline-day move for Aurier last week and Pochettino has addressed the 24-year-old’s discipline, insisting that he trusts his new signing.
“I said to him, ‘I will kill you’ – I [would] headbutt him,” Pochettino joked.
“I think it was good – we had a long chat. He knows very well how we are, what we expect from him and, for us, it’s so important – not only him, every player – how they behave here in the squad.
“We need to keep the dynamic we have created. I trust him. I am confident that he can succeed here and help the team to achieve the things we want.
— Serge Aurier (@Serge_aurier) September 5, 2017
“When you meet some people, you start to assess them from the day that you meet them and, for me, we start from [now] because I didn’t know him before.
“For him, I think it’s a new chapter in his life.”