Recent reports indicate that Tottenham are set for wholesale changes to their squad this summer with several first-team players expected to leave the club before the end of the transfer window (Daily Mail).
Defender Kieran Trippier became the first high-profile name to be sold this summer as the 28-year-old singed a three-year deal with Atletico Madrid for a fee understood to be around £21.7m (Sky Sports).
After having an impressive World Cup campaign with England last summer, Trippier struggled to hit the same heights with Spurs last season and admitted himself that his form left a lot to be desired (TalkSPORT).
The Bury-born defender is now preparing for a new challenge with Atletico, and he has promised to give his all for his new club. The former Spurs defender said in an interview to Atletico Madrid’s official website that the players at the club have helped him to settle in.
He named Atleti striker Diego Costa, who played a part in the infamous ‘battle of the bridge’, as one of the players who has looked after him in his first few days at the club.
Trippier said, “The fans have been incredible. Since I arrived they have supported me and received me with open arms. I have come here to work hard and give my all for my team-mates and the club. I will give my all for this shirt.
“I have played against some of these players in the Premier League – players like Alvaro Morata and Diego Costa have made me feel at home. Some try to speak in English with me and I try to speak in Spanish.
“I am very excited to be here, in an incredible team with an amazing coach and I am willing to learn.”
Spurs Web Opinion
We at Spurs Web think this move will be extremely beneficial for Trippier as Diego Simeone will certainly improve him as a defender. Further, La Liga will suit Trippier’s game much more as he will have more time on the ball to pick out passes.
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