Kieran Trippier: Tottenham exit was very ‘disappointing’

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Kieran Trippier

Former Tottenham star, and England defender Kieran Trippier believes spurs will regret selling him to Atletico Madrid at this time.

Last term, the World Cup star had a difficult season for Spurs despite the squad reaching the final of the Champions League.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino wasn’t standing in the manner of Trippier heading to Atletico, but he might have used a right-back specialist in the north London derby on Sunday.

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In that role against Arsenal, Tottenham had to field Davinson Sanchez with the center-back out of his comfort zone in the 2-2 draw, while Trippier helped Atletico win 3-2 over Eibar in LaLiga.

“I just feel that Tottenham probably got rid of me at the wrong time,” Trippier said. “I just needed that four-week rest for recovery because I was struggling with injuries to come back, fresh, ready.

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“It’s disappointing. I gave everything for the club and I wanted to stay. I had another couple of years left. But everything happens for a reason.

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“I heard rumours about them selling me and it’s not nice. At the time, we were going through the Champions League campaign – Manchester City, Ajax away.”

Trippier, quoted in several English newspapers, said he spoke with his wife and brother and decided to wait until the close season before approaching Pochettino about his future.

“I tried to speak to the chairman about it and when I spoke to the manager about his plans and I didn’t get a yes and I didn’t get a no. So you get the impression,” he added.

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“Me and the manager didn’t leave on bad terms, he has done a lot for me and I respect him highly.”

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Former Burnley player Trippier, who began his career in Manchester City’s academy, admitted his form at times last season was shaky.

But working with Atletico boss Diego Simeone looks sure to iron out any tactical weaknesses, with the Argentinian renowned for his strict regimen.

Trippier, 28, said: “For a defender I don’t think there’s a better place in the world to be.”

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