Kieran Tripper claims “behind the scenes” issues at Tottenham caused him to leave the club for Atletico Madrid this summer.
The defender joined Atletico on a three-year contract earlier this month for a fee of around £20 million after fours years with Spurs, during which he became a regular for England.
However, his performances last season saw him lose his place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad this summer just 12 months after scoring a brilliant free-kick in the World Cup semi-finals.
Trippier has suggested his aim is to win back his England spot by rediscovering his form in Spain, but the former Burnley right-back has claimed there may be more to his Tottenham exit than meets the eye.
“I think it was time for me to change and move on,” Trippier said (via Sky Sports).
“I don’t necessarily mean that I needed to move on, but things happened behind the scenes at Tottenham, which I don’t really want to go into, but I needed to move on from that.”
It’s unclear exactly what Trippier is referring to. Perhaps he fell out with Mauricio Pochettino, although the Argentinian did pick him as a starter in June’s Champions League final defeat to Liverpool.
Alternatively he may have been requesting a new contract and Spurs were probably unwilling to offer him a long term-deal. The 28-year-old signed a new five-year contract in the summer of 2017, and Tottenham are generally unwilling to hand lengthy extensions to players approaching their 30s – as has been the case with Toby Alderweireld.
All of the above, though, is mere speculation. It’s possible we will never discover what Trippier meant.
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