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Arsenal target Aurier 'will be a star'

ESPN staff and Kevin Palmer
June 16, 2014
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Didier Drogba has backed Ivory Coast team-mate Serge Aurier to become a Premier League star.

Aurier, the Toulouse right-back, has been persistently linked with Arsenal and after the departure of Bacary Sagna to Manchester City last week Arsene Wenger has a place in his squad that he will want to fill.

ESPN sources have been told that Newcastle are also tracking Aurier's progress and Drogba has spoken in glowing terms about the 21-year-old who started his career at Lens.

"Serge brought us energy and balance and he had a fantastic game," Drogba told Fifa.com. "He's the best right-back in all of France. I think he'll do well at the next level too, in the Premier League."

Aurier produced an impressive performance as Ivory Coast came from behind to beat Japan on Saturday, with his two assists paving the way for a vital 2-1 victory.

"I can't believe it," he said. "It's my first World Cup, we're here in Brazil and I helped the team to win. It's like a dream."

Drogba admitted he 'was disappointed' to be left on the bench for Ivory Coast's opening game in the tournament, but he made his mark after coming off the bench and the former Chelsea striker is convinced the new era for his national team will be bright.

"It's good to see we have a new generation coming through," added Drogba. "This is what we need and it's good for our football. It gives us energy. It gives us spirit. We're trying to bring all the young ones up the right way, to bring them along in the spirit of this team."

Ivory Coast will play their next Group C match against Colombia on Thursday.

A version of this report first appeared on ESPNFC

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