EXTRA TIME: Serge Aurier looking forward to first ever Christmas in London

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Not the usual celebration he had in France but the 24-year-old is ready for trainings and league games lined up for the festive period

Tottenham Hotspur defender Serge Aurier disclosed that he is anticipating a 'special' Christmas celebration in England.

The 24-year-old who joined Mauricio Pochettino’s men on a five-year deal from Paris Saint Germain in August, is gearing up for an unusual celebration in north London after spending most of his life in France.

Ahead of Spurs' visit to Turf Moor to take on Burnley on Saturday, the former Lens and Toulouse player discussed how he celebrated the festive period in the previous years and his Christmas wish with the club's official website.

Q: What will you do on Christmas Day?

It’s always a big party at this time of year because it’s my birthday on December 24. My family will travel from Paris to London to see me on that day and then on December 25 I will be training with the team for the match on December 26 against Southampton.

Q: How does this differ from past Christmases for you?

For me it’s a big difference because normally at this time of year it’s a holiday in other countries like France, where I have spent most of my life. Now I have to train and play games but I’m happy about this – it’s something special in England to play and enjoy football.

Q: What is traditional at Christmas in Ivory Coast?

It’s a party! They give presents to everyone and have dinner together, like here in England. They have all kinds of dishes derived from rice, pasta and potatoes – there is not one specific traditional meal at this time of year.

Q: What is your favourite festive meal?

A popular Ivorian food called attiéké, which is like couscous. I like to have it with fish.

Q: What do you wish for at Christmas?

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Three points from the game against Southampton on December 26 and then to have a great second half of the season.

Q: What was your most memorable gift as a child?

My first toy car. It was a small radio-controlled one and I used to follow it around all over the place!

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