Kieran Trippier has admitted that he wishes he had joined Atlético Madrid earlier in his career in another potshot at former club Tottenham.
The England international hasn’t held back about his miserable final season at Spurs since making a surprise switch to La Liga last summer and has constantly lauded the impact of new manager Diego Simeone on his game.
Speaking to The Mirror, the 29-year-old put another tick by Simeone’s name, and simultaneously a cross on his time at Spurs by admitting that he regrets not spending more of his career playing under the Atletico boss.
Trippier said of Simeone: “He is one of the best managers I have ever worked with. He is so fully focused and committed. Everyone loves him here and he is a joy to work with. I can’t speak highly enough of him.
“I’ve only been here one season and already wish I had come earlier in my career. I am enjoying my football, I’m very happy and my family are enjoying life in Madrid which is the most important thing.”
In the same interview, the right-back badmouths Spurs for blocking him from having surgery on groin and pelvic injuries.
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Trippier speaks with a lot of resentment about his departure from Spurs, the type you would expect from a bitter young kid and not a 10-year pro.
We took Trippier from a relegated Burnley team and gave him the opportunity to compete at the top of the Premier League, to play in the Champions League, to be one of England’s World Cup heroes. He would likely never have received England recognition at all if he wasn’t the latest player off Mauricio Pochettino’s production line of homegrown stars.
I’m sick of Trippier dragging us through the mud. Mistakes may have been made but he needs to look in the mirror to see who made most of them.