Kieran Trippier says changes behind the scenes lead to him deciding to leave Tottenham and move to Atletico Madrid this summer. The 28-year-old found the going tough last season off the back of a strong showing for England at the 2018 World Cup and his performances for Spurs often came in for criticism.
Having been a regular at right-back for Mauricio Pochettino during the 2017/18 campaign, Trippier’s position in the starting line-up was far from guaranteed last term with Serge Aurier, Juan Foyth and Kyle Walker-Peters all getting starts on the right side of the defence.
It is understood Pochettino made it clear to Trippier at the end of the season that he could move on this summer after slipping down the pecking order and after being strongly linked with Italian side Napoli, the England international joined Atletico Madrid on a three-year contract in a deal worth £22million.
After featuring in Atletico’s 7-3 friendly win over Real Madrid, Trippier was asked why he decided to leave Tottenham and revealed it was down to a change in circumstances. “I think it was time for me to change and move on,” Trippier told Sky Sports. “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.”