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2018 10 20 Retrieve
[Kieran Trippier speaking after England put three past Spain] You want to play against the best and we want to be the No 1 team. We want to beat the big teams. In the past few games we have had draws and not scored, but I think we showed [against Spain] we can beat the top teams and defend well against the top teams. It was a statement and, hopefully, in the future, we can put performances in like this as well. We want to win every game and play like that in every game
: 2019 05 27 Gareth Southgate has included skipper Harry Kane in his 23-man squad ahead of next month’s UEFA Nations League finals - but there is no place for his Tottenham team-mates Kieran Trippier and Harry Winks.
2019 05 28 Retrieve
[Kieran Trippier knows he can play ‘so much better’ than he has done this season but is ready to give everything to help Tottenham beat Liverpool to a Champions League title. Asked if those fitness problems impacted his form] Yeah, of course, I have said it in many interviews that it has not helped. Obviously with the World Cup in the summer and coming back and playing straight away…The season has gone now, I have to accept the way I have played this season, I know I can play so much better. But it’s about accepting it, looking back and reviewing it like I always do after every game. It has happened, the way I have played. One big game left, if I play I can give everything to the team to help us win.
[Trippier sustained a minor groin injury at the back end of 2018 before picking up an ankle problem in March] It has been a difficult season with injuries. I have had different types of injuries. It feels like these three weeks have enabled me to recover, and manage it properly without so many games. We’ve had three games a week and it has been difficult to manage that. But now I have had three weeks to properly settle down and do my rehab on it and I am feeling fit and ready and hopefully I will get the nod to play
[Trippier acknowledged has felt odd ahead of Saturday’s date with Liverpool in Madrid] It has been strange, because if you look at the whole season we have always had a few injuries. Now everybody is back, everybody is fit, it is going to be interesting, whoever is selected
2019 06 02 Retrieve
[Tottenham full-back Kieran Tripper admits he deserved to be left out of England’s squad for the Nations League finals as he has not been performing well enough] I’m grateful for all the opportunities that he [Southgate] gave me anyway. I know what I need to do to get back in that England team. I know I need to be playing better and it’s right that I’m not in the squad because I haven’t been performing well, I know that. I know what I need to do get in that team. Trent and Kyle have been unbelievable this season. They deserve to be playing and I don’t, simple as that, I know that for a fact. I need to regroup in the summer, get fully fit, come back flying in the new season and try and catch Gareth Southgate’s eye again. I’m the first one to know if I play badly and I’m willing to admit that, but it’s something you can learn from. The season’s gone now, I’m happy it’s gone but the England situation, yeah, it’s a tough one to take but I’m willing to accept Gareth’s decision.
2019 06 03 Retrieve
[Kieran Trippier is hoping to be given the chance to stay at Tottenham] If the manager selects me to play, I will always give everything I can. Everybody makes mistakes - I have made plenty this season but I am the one to own up to them. I have had plenty of interviews about my performances this season and it has not been good at all. I am the first one to say that.
[An inability to find consistency in his game has led to Trippier being overlooked by England boss Gareth Southgate for the Nations League finals] I had a good chat with Gareth. I am grateful for all the opportunities he has given me. I know what I need to do to get back into that England team. I know I need to be playing better and rightly so I am not in the squad because I have not been performing well. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Kyle Walker have been doing unbelievable this season and they deserve to be playing and I don’t. Simple as that and I know that for a fact. I need to regroup now at the end of the season and get fully fit and try and catch Gareth Southgate’s eye. I am the first one to know if I played badly. It is something you can learn from. I am happy the season is gone. The England situation is a tough one to take but I am willing to accept Gareth’s decision.
[Asked where he sees his future] I am happy to be here. It is a great squad. In football things happen so quickly. I have had a great few years here. But it is just one of them. I will enjoy my rest, come back in pre-season and have a talk with the manager and see what is next
2019 06 04 Retrieve
[Quizzed again on his future in the wake of a Champions League final defeat to Liverpool] I don’t know. I go home now, spend time with my family, just recover after a long, difficult season. Everybody’s got a decision to make, no matter what. Obviously this club has been very good for me over the last few years but I’ll enjoy my summer, come back in pre-season and that’s when I’ll sit down with the manager and have a talk about my future. I see a lot of speculation about me not being here. I give everything, 100 per cent every game, win lose or draw. So we’ll see what happens in pre-season.
I want to stay in England. But what can you do? I’ll see what happens and what the club wants, most importantly. I give everything for this club - training sessions, games - so we’ll see what happens in pre-season
2019 07 17 Retrieve
[Tottenham’s England full-back Kieran Trippier has completed a move to Atletico Madrid] Atletico Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur have come to an agreement for the transfer of Kieran Trippier. The English player, 28, has signed for the next three seasons. We welcome Trippier to the Atletico family and wish him the best of luck in his new home. Welcome, Kieran!
2019 07 18 Retrieve
[Kieran Trippier is delighted at the prospect of working under Diego Simeone after completing his move to Atletico Madrid] It’s an amazing feeling. I’ve always wanted to play abroad and what a place to play. A fantastic team, an unbelievable manager and I’m just looking forward to getting on with it now. They’ve been to some major finals, they’ve done so well in LaLiga over the years. They have world class players and a brilliant manager. I can’t wait to work with the manager, learn from the manager and help the team be a success in the future. You can see how close he is with his squad
[Trippier made 38 appearances across all competitions for Tottenham in 2018-19] THANK YOU. I’ve met some amazing people at @spursofficial many of whom I now call my friends. To the Tottenham fans from around the world - you’ve been amazing. The support you’ve shown me and the team took us to new heights, and with the new stadium I have no doubt that the team and fans have many exciting times ahead! Wish everyone at the club nothing but the best
2019 07 18b Retrieve
[Kieran Trippier says he had no hesitation about leaving Tottenham for Atletico Madrid because of his long-held ambition to play abroad] The Premier League is one of the best leagues in the world, but I didn’t think twice when Atletico were interested. It’s a great opportunity to come and live in Madrid. Not many British players come abroad, but I always wanted to play abroad, especially in La Liga, since I was young. I’m looking forward to learning the language straight away, which is my first priority. The quicker I can do that, communicate with my coach and team-mates, the better. I want to enjoy playing for Atletico and living in Madrid
[If starting his career across town does not attach enough pressure, Hermoso also has the unenviable task of trying to plug the gap left by Diego Godin’s departure for Intermilan] It’s a beautiful, important challenge. Diego has been a symbol for the club. What better way to continue making history. I hope to continue that line
2019 07 24 Retrieve
[Kieran Trippier praised Atletico Madrid’s unbelievable mentality] I thought we reacted well. The mentality of the team was unbelievable, we continued to press and try to win the ball back quickly. We want to win, no matter who we play. That’s the mindset from this team and this coach. Two wins from two games and long may it continue
I’m extremely proud to be here and willing to give it my all. The supporters have been incredible. They’ve been so nice to me and welcomed me with open arms. I’ll do my best for the shirt
2019 07 27 Retrieve
[Kieran Trippier has revealed that behind-the-scenes issues at Tottenham contributed to him taking on a new challenge at Atletico Madrid] 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
[A man who starred for England at the 2018 World Cup added on his new experience] It’s been a lot easier than I expected. The lads have been unbelievable with me. Since I’ve been through the door they’ve welcomed me with open arms, the coach as well. Especially those two - they’ve been brilliant with me, Morata and Costa. They’ve been explaining to me what it means to play for Atletico and what it means to the fans
2019 07 31 Retrieve
[Learning Spanish ‘a priority’ for Kieran Trippier as he acclimatises to life at Atletico Madrid] My priority is to speak Spanish. I want to be involved with the players and the coach, to understand more. I’ve got a teacher in Madrid and it’s five days a week for two hours a day so maybe in a month or two, we can have this interview speaking Spanish
2019 09 03 Retrieve
[Kieran Trippier has admitted he struggled in the second half of last season, though he believes Tottenham may have made a mistake in selling him] The whole season I had no excuses. 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. [Mauricio Pochettino] 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. 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
We all did so well at the World Cup but I didn’t have the best season after. It wasn’t an easy decision. I love the Premier League but I’m in La Liga now and loving it. I set the bar high at the World Cup and they knew how well I could do but I just feel that Tottenham probably got rid of me at the wrong time because I just needed that four-week rest for recovery because I was struggling with injuries to come back, fresh, ready. So maybe I could have stayed, but I’ve got no regrets
[Trippier still it was still heartbreaking to hear the news] 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 int 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
2019 09 07 Retrieve
[Kieran Trippier on life at Atletico Madrid] It is difficult eating later than in England, I get hungry. And I’m not a big tapas fan yet, I don’t like sharing! But it’s okay, I’ll try to fit in as much as I can
2019 10 21 Retrieve
[Atletico Madrid defender Kieran Trippier has admitted Diego Costa is the ‘funniest player’ he has ever played with] He calls me Rooney 10 times a day. He does it all the time, just for a laugh. But it’s Diego, I don’t care. We all find it funny and I like that he always makes jokes. I knew him from the Premier League and he’s the funniest player I’ve ever played with. There’s a great atmosphere here and everyone makes jokes, but Costa is the funniest
The adaptation has been perfect. The weather is very pleasant, the food is incredible - better than in England. People are welcoming to me and my family and when they see me in Madrid; they tell me that I’m doing well. We can only thank everyone for making me feel at home so quickly, for making my family smile and making life easier
2019 10 26 Retrieve
[Kieran Trippier on Atletico Madrid team-mate Diego Costa] He calls me Rooney ten times a day. He does it all the time, just for a laugh. But it’s Diego, I don’t care. We all find it funny and I like that he always makes jokes. I knew him from the Premier League and he’s the funniest player I’ve ever played with. There’s a great atmosphere here and everyone makes jokes, but Costa is the funniest
2019 11 11 Retrieve
[Kieran Trippier has admitted that he has found it hard to escape the Wayne Rooney nickname bestowed on him by team-mate Diego Costa at Atletico Madrid] It’s just because I’m the only English player here and Rooney’s the only one he’s heard of; it could have been anything. He just calls me that because it’s the first name that came into his mind. And everywhere I go, they shout Rooney. When I warm up, everyone’s shouting it. Everyone. I have Diego to thank for this. Of all the names
I’m enjoying my football again. I spoke to Fernando Llorente and Toby Alderweireld about La Liga and they said I’d really enjoy it so I thought: ‘Grab it with both hands’. I heard people saying it was a risk, there were a few warnings, but it didn’t scare me. I thought this was a great opportunity. When I first spoke to my wife it was a bit of a shock. The language will take time. I’ve just got to be patient. I just want them to know I’m trying. I couldn’t have asked for a better group.
The most important thing is I’m enjoying my football. I’ve come to a different league, different surroundings, different culture, everything. Maybe the new challenge has woken me up. It was there to see last season that sometimes my concentration was lacking. Sometimes it led to goals, I know that. I’ve said many times over the last 16 months my defending needs to improve. People questioned the move but it was the perfect team. If I play for Cholo [Diego Simeone], I know defensively I can improve
2019 11 30 Retrieve
[Trippier reveals what it’s like to play against ‘best ever’ Barcelona star] Everyone knows how good he is, but I think he turned up a few extra notches that night. He scored two and he must have hit the woodwork about four times. He was unbelievable
[When asked what it is like to play against Messi as a defender] It’s weird in a way. He spends a lot of the game just walking and walking. You play against (Liverpool’s) Sadio Mane, for instance, and if you take your eye off him for a second, he’ll just dart in behind you. But with Messi, you look four times and he’s still there. It’s weird. A lot of the time he just walks and walks - and then, before you know it, it’s a goal. I’ve played against him a few times now and he’s so good at just picking up those little pockets of space. Before Barcelona have made three passes, he already knows where the ball’s going. It’s amazing how clever he is. Even when he’s walking like that, you’ve always got to be aware. He’s unbelievable, the best ever. But it’s not just Messi. There are the players around him. You can go through the whole Barcelona team … Arthur is an unbelievable player
[Trippier has adapted to life in Spain like a duck to water] Loving it, great football, great lifestyle. Madrid is an amazing city, so much to do. I’ve come out of my comfort zone. I’m trying to learn the language. It’s harder than I expected, but I’m taking it day by day and I’m making progress
[Trippier went on to thank Mauricio Pochettino for the key role he played in his development at Tottenham] He gave me the opportunity to play at the highest level. He took me to Tottenham and I played Europa League, played Champions League, played so many games in the Premier League for them. He was a big reason why I got called up to the England squad because he was the one who gave me the opportunity to show I could play at the highest level. I’ve got full respect for him and for what he did to help me get to where I am now
I sent him a message to tell him how much I appreciate everything he has done for me. I couldn’t not text him. I’m not that type of person. He gave me the opportunity to play at the highest level. I’ve come on a long journey in my career and he was a big, big part of that, so I thanked him for everything he has done for me. I’ve got a lot of mates at Tottenham - players and staff. It wasn’t nice to see what they went through, not getting the results they wanted. It wasn’t nice to see them getting criticised. Now a new manager has come in and hopefully, they’ll get the results they want and push further up the table, where they deserve to be, but everyone knows how good he (Pochettino) is as a manager. For sure he will be successful wherever he goes in the future. Obviously it was the chairman’s decision to let the manager go. That’s football. It happens. Players go, managers go
2019 11 30b Retrieve
[Following the departure of Mauricio Pochettino from Tottenham Hotspur, Kieran Trippier reveals he was quick to get in contact with his former boss] I sent him a message to tell him how much I appreciate everything he has done for me. I couldn’t not text him. I’m not that type of person. He gave me the opportunity to play at the highest level. I’ve come on a long journey in my career and he was a big, big part of that, so I thanked him for everything he has done for me
2020 01 28 Retrieve
[Trippier pleased to be on same Atletico side as enigmatic striker] Diego Costa’s a nightmare to play against. You want him on your team. I have played with him this season. He came on the other month and in the first few seconds picked up a yellow card. But you want him fighting for you. He’s in a world of his own. From nine in the morning until 10 in the evening, he’s 100 mph. He’s so funny, he’s the joker in the team. He’s someone you need with that quality. He’s out injured at the moment but he’s someone we’re really looking forward to having back and helping the team
[Costa has also bestowed an amusing nickname on Trippier, with coaches, team-mates and even supporters now referring to the buccaneering right-back as ‘Rooney’] I don’t know where he’s got that from. It’s just the first English player that has come to his head and it’s stuck with me! Supporters [call me it]. It’s everywhere now. It’s just banter. Diego started something and now it’s everywhere
[Asked if Diego Simeone can be considered one of the very best in the business] You have obviously got some great managers - you’ve got [Jurgen] Klopp, you’ve got [Pep] Guardiola, Sean Dyche! But he’s up there for sure
2020 03 12 Retrieve
[Atletico’s English international Kieran Trippier explained it was important for the Spaniards to stay resolute before taking their chances on the counter] We knew it was going to be very difficult, even with the lead. Liverpool are a fantastic side. We needed to stay defensively strong, keep our shape and frustrate Liverpool
We knew we would get our chance to break the press of Firmino, [Sadio] Mane and [Mohamed] Salah. We kept going and we got the win. We knew we’d get our chances and it’s just about being clinical in those moments
2020 03 12b Retrieve
[Kieran Trippier says Beating Liverpool is a huge achievement] It is a huge achievement, you know. You have seen how difficult they have made it for teams here - I don’t think they have lost at home in Europe for years. To come here and defend like we did at Anfield… we knew it would be very difficult because of the occasion and the fans, etc. I thought we had that never-say-attitude even when we went 1-0 down and we knew we just needed to score once and get that away goal. But to score three here was an amazing feeling
Obviously we knew that Liverpool were going to be very, very offensive at home. We just knew we had to stay compact, keep our shape, like we’ve been doing in training all week, and then try and frustrate them as much as we can. [We had to] keep our shape, keep defensively strong and try to be clinical in the right moments because you don’t get many chances here and I thought the substitutes had a huge impact. They are so important. They need to be ready and at this club everybody gives 100 per cent
You have seen over many years how strong Atletico are. I’ve been here seven months and I’ve never seen anything like it, to be honest with you. Starting from Diego Simeone - everyone feeds off him - he’s an unbelievable manager. I can’t really explain how good it is here. It’s just an unbelievable feeling and I’m proud to be part of this team. [But] let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. There are so many difficult teams left in it, we just want to take it a game at a time. We’ve still got important games left in La Liga and let’s see who we draw next. It’s a very difficult competition to win
I knew when I left Tottenham and I hadn’t been picked for the Nations League last summer that I had to perform better. I’ve had plenty of chats about that with the staff at England. I want to play at the highest level for as long as I can in order to play for England. That’s my objective. There is no bigger moment for me than representing my country. I just need to perform well, I know what I need to do, because there are so many right-backs know. There are about six right-backs and they are all playing at the highest level. I just need to focus on myself. [Moving to Atletico] is a big change, different culture, different types of football, but I am loving every minute of it and hopefully my performances for Atletico can keep me in the England squad.
2020 03 12c Retrieve
[Trippier: Atletico set out to frustrate Liverpool but we knew we’d get chances] We knew it was going to be very difficult, even with the lead. Liverpool are a fantastic side. We needed to stay defensively strong, keep our shape and frustrate Liverpool. We knew we would get our chance to break the press of Firmino, [Sadio] Mane and [Mohamed] Salah. We kept going and we got the win. We knew we’d get our chances and it’s just about being clinical in those moments
We never give up. The way we play is the way we train. You see him on the touchline, he’s like that in training
After last season, I knew I needed a change. I’m loving my time here, I’m learning new things every single day. I hope I’m here for many years
2020 03 17 Retrieve
[Former Tottenham full-back Trippier names Burnley as ‘only club’ he’d return to England for] I would love to retire there. That’s my aim, to retire at Burnley. I have a great relationship with Sean Dyche. I want to play as high as I can for as long as I can, but I’ll know when the time is right. If I’m at Atleti for another two years that’ll take me to 32 and Burnley’s the only club that I’d come back to England for. That’s the way I want it to plan out. I want to play here for as long as I can and then finish playing for a manager like Sean Dyche while ending my career at Burnley. That’s where I want to finish
I’ve spoken to him a couple of times a week ever since I left Burnley. I always have done. We have a great relationship. We’re in contact all the time about family, football, he still mithers me about taking me back one day! It’ll happen one day for sure, I’ll 100% be back playing for them. After that, I’d start my coaching badges and I’d love to coach at Burnley. I’d just love to go wherever Sean Dyche goes because I have a great relationship with him
2020 03 20 Retrieve
[Kieran Tripper has responded to Jurgen Klopp’s criticism of Atletico Madrid’s preferred style of play in the Champions League] If you go there and go toe-to-toe with Liverpool, you’re going to get beat 6-0. I don’t know what people expect. You see pundits complaining because we did defend, but did they expect us to go there and play attacking football, especially with Liverpool playing the way that they’re playing at the moment? You need to go there with a plan and we did that. We did have to defend, but the most important thing is that we got the win.
We knew they would blow up because of the amount of pressure they’d applied and the amount of energy they’d put into the game. We knew they’d slow down. It took us over 100 minutes, but we won 3-2. People can complain as much as they want, but we thought it was necessary for that type of game. As I’ve got older it has stopped bothering me. Liverpool didn’t put their chances away and we beat them in both legs. It worked and that’s what football is about
2020 04 10 Retrieve
[Former Burnley star Kieran Trippier has urged Dwight McNeil to remain at Turf Moor] Dwight has burst onto the scene, and when he trained with us last season for England he was brilliant. He’s got to stay focused, keep performing well while he’s young, and his time will come. I’d say ‘don’t rush anything, just keep playing’ and Dwight is at the right club to do that. He just needs to keep playing games, because that’s the most important thing for somebody his age. He’s got the right manager to guide him and he’ll be in no rush to go anywhere. If I was him I’d stay put and keep playing games.
Sometimes it can be difficult when you go to another club. I’ve experienced it. I went to Tottenham and I didn’t play for months and you get frustrated. For somebody like him, who is doing really well, why would you move now? There’s no point. Just keep performing well on the biggest stage and stay put. I was in a different situation to him, I’d just been relegated so I needed to go to a Premier League club. He’s playing well week in week out for a Premier League club. He’s a big player for Burnley. I’d stay put if I was him and keep enjoying his football
2020 05 01 Retrieve
[Trippier charged for alleged breach of betting rules] Kieran Trippier has been charged with misconduct in relation to alleged breaches of the FA’s Betting Rules, specifically in relation to Rule E8(1)(a)(ii) and Rule E8(1)(b), during the period of July 2019. He has until 18 May 2020 to provide a response.
2020 05 01b Retrieve
[Trippier released a statement in the wake of the FA’s announcement insisting he has not placed any bets or profited from others doing so during his professional career] I have fully complied with the FA’s investigation over the past several months on a voluntary basis and will continue to do so. I want to make it clear that while a professional footballer, I have at no stage placed any football-related bets or received any financial benefit from others betting
2020 05 30 Retrieve
[Atletico Madrid defender Trippier slams Tottenham for forcing him to delay surgery] I certainly feel I am a better player than I was last season at Tottenham. Last season was a difficult moment because I was struggling with injuries. It is not an excuse because I was not hiding about it. But I struggled for months with my groin and pelvis and I eventually had surgery just after the winter break in Spain in January. Because of the timing of the break and the operation I was only out for a few weeks and now I feel so much better. I should have had it last season at Spurs but people didn’t want me to have it then. I had so many issues with the last season there and about the way I performed and struggled with injuries. It got to a point where I had to have surgery this season and really I should have had it done last season. But there were so many important games…I don’t really want to go into it.
I am absolutely loving it at the moment and that is the most important thing. The culture and the football are so different to England. La Liga is totally different to the Premier League. I had to improve on my defending and that was something I openly admitted last season. And now I know there is no one better to learn from than ‘Mister’. He is unbelievable with the team and individually. It is a joy to play for him.
2020 06 02 Retrieve
[Trippier raring to go after ‘difficult’ recovery from injury that plagued him at Spurs] For me personally, after my surgery, I was used to getting treatment every single day but obviously I couldn’t get that at home. It was difficult but always you find a way to train, keep yourself in the best possible shape so when you return, you’re ready to start the competition again. I feel very good to be back. It was very difficult not seeing team-mates, staff, and training every single day, but everybody understands the circumstances of the time. Obviously everyone’s excited. The team is just looking forward to getting ready for the game against Athletic and it’s important that we start the season off again strongly and try to win as many games as we can from now until the end of the season.
I’ve played in some games where there have been no supporters before and it’s different. Obviously you want the fans there supporting you every single game, but everybody understands the circumstances at the moment and it’s important that everybody is safe. We’ll always try to find a way to win and the fans are always there watching on TV, so we have the full support from them back home
2020 06 29 Retrieve
[England international full-back Kieran Trippier has criticised Tottenham for the way in which his move to Atletico Madrid was handled] I did knock on his [Pochettino’s] door, and I said I have an opportunity to go to Atletico Madrid. If I am part of your plans, then I will stay. He didn’t give me a yes, and he didn’t give me a no in his office. So as a player you think: ‘Oh right okay, no problem.’ Then I went to the chairman and told him the exact same. I had a conversation with the manager, and I said am I part of your plans? If I am, no problem but I have a great opportunity here to go to Atletico Madrid. Going back to what I said before, in March/April I hear off people I trust that they’ve tried to offload me. Offering me to clubs
2020 06 29b Retrieve
[Kieran Trippier says he has mixed emotions about his last year at Tottenham] I had mixed emotions throughout the season. Injuries played a massive part (on my form). I told them I needed surgery. I could have been less selfish, playing-wise. But I couldn’t help it that I was getting picked most of the games. I was playing some of them at 60 or 70 per cent. Maybe I should have taken a step back, but we had City in the Champions League, Ajax … you want to play in these games. In March, April, I heard - through people I trust - they tried to offload me, offering me to clubs. So you’re getting mixed messages. If I play I’ll give my best, but that’s why I pulled the manager in pre-season and asked if I’m part of his plans. I did knock on his door and tell him ‘I’ve got the chance to go to Atletico Madrid, (but) if I’m part of your plans I’ll stay’. He didn’t give me a yes or no in his office. So, as a player, you think ‘okay no problem’. I went to the chairman and said exactly the same. I haven’t really spoken to (Pochettino) since I left Tottenham. I have a lot to thank him for. I’ve never once bad-mouthed him. I just told how it was
For me personally, selling Mousa Dembele […] you can ask anyone that’s played with him, he’s the best player I’ve ever played with. You can’t replace him. We sold him in January. I personally feel, if we kept him for a further five months, we would have done a lot better. I think we would have won the final
2020 06 30 Retrieve
[Kieran Trippier has heaped praise upon Arsenal target Thomas Partey, insisting his Atletico Madrid team-mate would fit in perfectly in the Premier League] I’d seen him play for Atletico but I didn’t realise how good he is. He’s unbelievable, his physicality, how he breaks up play. Technically he’s got everything. He ranks as one of the best midfielders I’ve played with, but Mousa [Dembele] is Mousa and he’s on a different planet that guy. Even in training, he was in cruise control. Thomas is still a very young player and everyone loves him out here. Going to the Premier League who knows? Obviously I want him to stay here because he’s a valuable member to our team. He speaks perfect English, very good English. I don’t think he’d have a problem with the Premier League
He just asks what’s it like, the style of play, but a few players have. It doesn’t mean they are leaving by the way! It’s just about certain players who play in the league, what it’s like and I just say, ‘the Premier League is the Premier League and is one of the best leagues in the world’. Thomas will fit in perfectly in the Premier League.