Kieran Trippier has revealed that he is thankful to Burnley manager Sean Dyche for helping to transform his career.
The right-back has revealed that he was enjoying himself too much off the field by drinking too much alcohol during his time at Turf Moor.
Trippier joined the Clarets as a 21-year-old in January 2012 from Manchester City while Eddie Howe was in charge of the then Championship side.
Following Dyche’s arrival, Trippier revealed that new manager came in and put him on the right path which saw him make the switch to Spurs in 2015 and has since gone on to represent England along with featuring in this summer’s World Cup where he scored a stunning free-kick in the semi-final defeat to Croatia.
Such is Trippier’s gratitude to Dyche, the 28-year-old admits that he would like to play for Burnley again before his career ends and is still in regular contact with his former boss.
Spurs travel to Turf Moor on Saturday for the early kick-off in the Premier League, where only three points will do if Mauricio Pochettino’s side are to continue to put the pressure on Liverpool and Manchester City.
Trippier told the Burnley Express: “I still talk to the gaffer on a regular basis and that’s the same with some of the lads,”
“I’ve always kept in touch with them. “We were close when I was at Burnley and I would love to play for him again one day. We usually talk once every two weeks, just to keep each other updated on things.
“We’ve always stayed in contact, we’ve always had that kind of relationship. We’ve probably become even closer since I left.
“He helped me a lot. I was still going out when I was younger, drinking, and I wasn’t looking after myself properly. He came in and sorted it all out.
“Duffo [Michael Duff] had a big influence on my career as well. He certainly deserves a mention. He had a massive impact and helped me mature.
“The gaffer was a quality manager to play for; he taught me how to become a better defender as well as a better attacker.
“He’s somebody that I’ve always respected and looked up to. We had a great friendship and, like I said, it would be great to play for him again one day.
“We just have that understanding, I think everybody that plays for him does. Hopefully one day it will happen; never say never.”
“I still look out for them, of course I do,” added Trippier when asked if he still keeps an eye on his former club.
“I experienced so much there, getting promoted and almost staying up. “My career has totally changed. Burnley helped me get to where I am and I’ll never forget that.
“I’ll always be thankful to them. It would be nice to think that I could play for Burnley one day, you never know what can happen.”
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