Tottenham Hotspur bid farewell to their first-team right-back this summer as Kieran Trippier joined Atletico Madrid for a fee of around £20m (Guardian).
While Trippier was Pochettino’s first choice last season, the England right-back was not without his critics throughout the campaign.
Tripps was one of England’s heroes in the 2018 Russia World Cup, being a big part of the team that secured a spot in the semi-finals of the competition.
The right-back even curled in a superb free-kick in the semi against Croatia, but he was unable to recreate anything close to that form for Tottenham.
Trippier admitted at the end of the season that he was unhappy with his performances and that he could have done a lot better (TalkSPORT).
However, Tripps never had the chance to leave on a high at Spurs, after the club chose to sell him on to Atletico.
While many may have assumed that his poor form was the main reason behind the sale, Trippier himself has now revealed that unrest behind the scenes made him want to leave.
He said (Sky Sports): “I think it was time for me to change and move on. 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.”
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