Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho says that right back Serge Aurier wanted to play against Newcastle.

The right-back suffered a tragedy after his brother Christopher was shot dead in Toulouse on Monday.

But Serge wanted to put his mind on the game and do what he loved. That is according to his manager.

“Serge Aurier – we would always support his decision. Every person has different ways to face tragedies like this one and he asked to play,” Mourinho explained prior to kick-off on Wednesday.

“Tomorrow he goes to France to see his mum.”

Spurs won the game to give themselves a shot at a Europa League place through the Premier League.