Kieran Trippier warns Tottenham will regret transfer exit as Spurs' cold approach revealed


The Atletico Madrid defender felt he was forced to leave White Hart Lane after his poor form was made worse by the constant rumours saying that he was no longer part of Pochettino’s plans.

However, after admitting to having a poor season after scoring in the World Cup semi-final, Trippier insists that if he had been treated differently, things could all have been sorted over the summer.

“I just feel that Tottenham probably got rid of me at the wrong time,” he said. “I just needed that four-week rest for recovery because I was struggling with injuries to come back, fresh, ready.

“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.

“I heard rumours about them selling me and it’s not nice.

“At the time, we were going through the Champions League campaign – Manchester City, Ajax away.

“I spoke to my wife and I spoke to my brother who I speak to all the time, and decided it wasn’t the right time and I would pull the manager in pre-season to see what’s going on.

“I tried to speak to the chairman about it and when 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…

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

“But it’s football.”

With all those doubts about his future in the second half of the season, Trippier’s form took an alarming dip.

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“My performances started after Christmas because I thought I had an okay first-half of the season if I’m honest,” he said. “Then it was just like a car crash. It just went ‘bang’. Things weren’t going my way, I wasn’t playing well.

“You try to pull yourself out of it and when things are not going right for you week after week, it’s difficult. It’s emotionally draining.

“Sometimes I was thinking ‘God, I just wish the season was over’. But I kept on going and tried to do my best.”

Trippier kept his place for the end of Tottenham’s season, but got the call he was expecting just before the Champions League final when Gareth Southgate rang to say he was surplus to his Nations League requirements.

“I had a chat with Gareth, 40 minutes on the phone,” he said. “I was sat in my bedroom. I was devastated. I was expecting it because of my performances. You have seen the competition – you need to perform well.”

However, following his £20m move to Atletico, Trippier is back in the England squad for the upcoming double-header against Bulgaria and Kosovo with his new club sitting at the top of La Liga.

And in a final dig in the ribs for Tottenham, the 28-year-old says he is benefiting from working with coach Diego Simeone.

“I think he can take me to the next level,” he said. “For a defender I don’t think there’s a better place in the world to be.”



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