‘I heard rumours about them selling me and it’s not nice’: Kieran Trippier admits transfer gossip turned his last season at Tottenham into a ‘car crash’

  • Kieran Tripper has revealed speculation over his future affected him last season
  • The defender endured a car crash season and was subsequently cut by England 
  • Trippier spoke with Mauricio Pochettino but he didn’t give him any assurances
  • He admitted he needed to move to Atletico Madrid to reinvigorate his career 

Kieran Trippier has revealed Tottenham left him in the dark over his future following a ‘car crash’ season that resulted in the England axe.

The defedner’s £20million move to Atletico Madrid was one of the shock transfers of the summer window – but Trippier admits he needed the move to reinvigorate his career that had stagnated following a difficult season at Spurs.

Having established himself as one of England’s key players following their successful fourth-placed finish at a World Cup 2018 – a string of below-par displays last term eventually resulted in the right-back losing his place in the squad for the UEFA Nations League finals. 

Kieran Trippier is delighted to be back part of England's set up after re-discovering his form

Kieran Trippier is delighted to be back part of England’s set up after re-discovering his form

And Trippier acknowledges his last season as a Spurs player was error-strewn, but has revealed the campaign was played amid a backdrop of concerns that Spurs were preparing to sell him.

He said: ‘My (bad) performances started after Christmas because I thought I had an okay first-half of the season if I’m honest but then it was just like a car crash, it just went “bang”, things weren’t going my way, I wasn’t playing well.

‘I heard rumours about them selling me and it’s not nice but it happens and it’s football.

‘[When I spoke to Mauricio Pochettino] He didn’t say he wanted to move me on. I tried to speak to the chairman about it.

‘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. 

Trippier revealed talk of his exit from Tottenham contributed to his poor season last term

Trippier revealed talk of his exit from Tottenham contributed to his poor season last term

Trippier established himself as one of England's key players at the World Cup in Russia

Trippier established himself as one of England’s key players at the World Cup in Russia

‘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.

‘It is just a few things, I tried to speak to the chairman I just didn’t really get an answer.’ On being cut from Southgate’s previous squad, Trippier added: ‘I was expecting it.

‘I had a chat with Gareth, 40 minutes on the phone. I was sat in my bedroom. I was devastated. I was expecting it because of my performances.

‘There’s competition everywhere so not getting back into the squad does play at the back of your mind. There’s four right-backs who are doing very well for their clubs so you need to play well to stay in the England team.’

His £20m summer move to Atletico Madrid has reinvigorated a career that had stagnated

His £20m summer move to Atletico Madrid has reinvigorated a career that had stagnated

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