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Barcelona's reported interest in PSG's Serge Aurier doesn't surprise Emery

Barcelona's interest in Paris Saint-Germain right-back Serge Aurier "illustrates the high level of quality in our team," according to the French champions' coach Unai Emery.

France Football and Canal+ have reported this week that Barca are keen on the Ivory Coast international as a long-term replacement for Dani Alves and that the current Spanish champions have already made contact with the 23-year-old's representatives.

Speaking with Radio Marca in Spain, Emery said the reported interest of Luis Enrique's side is a good thing but emphasised he is under contract at Parc des Princes.

"Aurier is very good," Emery said. "He is young and possesses a lot of talent. However, he is a PSG player. The fact that they are following him illustrates the high level of quality in our team."

Aurier has featured regularly under Emery so far this season but has been out of the team for the last few matches with an ankle injury, which was picked up in the defeat away at Monaco back in August.

The defender has, however, been involved in a number of incidents this year.

FIFA investigated Aurier after the player's apparent use of a throat-slitting celebration during Ivory Coast's 3-1 win over Mali in October before opting to take no further action.

Mali coach Alain Giresse and national team coordinator Fousseni Diawara then praised Aurier for helping to save the life of Moussa Doumbia after he suffered an epileptic fit during the match.

He was suspended by PSG after insulting former coach Laurent Blanc in Periscope footage, and is awaiting the result of an appeal against a "convertible" two-month prison sentence after being charged with assaulting a police officer.

Former PSG player Clement Chantome, who knows Aurier, recently said he was concerned about his former teammate's "disturbing" behaviour.