Trippier opens up about strange conversation with Poch that led to Spurs exit

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Dom Le Roy

It was hardly a surprise that Tottenham decided to sell Kieran Trippier this summer on the back of his performances last season.

The full back came in for heavy criticism from the fans for some of his showings last season and he made several high profile mistakes that cost the team in big games.

The 28-year-old has himself admitted in an interview with The Telegraph that he had a “car crash” of a season last time out.

Trippier, who had a fantastic World Cup campaign with England last summer, blamed injuries as the main reason behind his dip in form last season.

In the interview, the England international has also opened up about the conversations he had with Daniel Levy and Mauricio Pochettino that eventually led to his decision to swap Spurs for Atletico Madrid.

The former Burnley man said that he was seeking assurances about his future but neither Levy nor Pochettino provided that.

He said, “I was hearing a few rumours that I would be going at the end of the season, but it wasn’t the right time to speak to the manager or the club about it,

“That was playing on my mind for a few months, which it would you know, you are hearing things. I tried to block it out. I tried to do my best at Tottenham last season, I wasn’t going into games not trying.​

“I spoke to my wife and I spoke to my brother, who I speak to all the time, and decided to pull the manager in pre-season to see what was going on.​

“I had a conversation with the manager, a meeting with the chairman to see what my future was and I didn’t get the impression that they wanted to keep me. It is football. It happens.​

“I tried to speak to the chairman about it and I didn’t really get an answer. 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.​

“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. ​

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

Spurs Web Opinion

It was a brave decision by Pochettino to allow Trippier to leave without seeking a replacement. It indicates that the Argentine perhaps has a lot of faith in the likes of Juan Foyth and Kyle Walker-Peters. Let’s hope one or both of those youngsters step up this season and prove that they belong in the team.

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  1. Spurs don’t have a right back problem, but a back four/line problem. Center Back play is poor. The defence are hanging on to the ball in front of the goal for no reason whatsoever.
    New defence coach is needed.


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