Trippier completes switch to Atletico Madrid
PUBLISHED: 08:00 18 July 2019
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The Spurs defender departed London after four seasons with Mauricio Pochettino's team
Atletico Madrid have completed the signing of England full-back Kieran Trippier from Tottenham Hotspur.
The 28-year-old has agreed a three-year deal with the La Liga outfit and joins for an undisclosed fee.
Trippier spent four years at Tottenham with his last appearance for the club coming in the Champions League final defeat to Liverpool.
"Atletico de Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur have reached an agreement over the transfer of Kieran Trippier. The 28-year-old has signed a contract for the next three seasons," a statement on the Atleti website read.
"With this signing, we add to our team a fantastic and experienced player who comes to us from the Champions League runners-up.
"The Englishman is a versatile full-back who can also play in midfield and has a fantastic right foot.
"Because of all this, we welcome Trippier to the Atleti Family and wish him the best of luck at his new home. Welcome, Kieran!"
A key man in England's run to the last four of the 2018 World Cup, scoring the opening goal in the semi-final defeat to Croatia, Trippier's form dipped during the course of the 2018/19 campaign.
But the former Manchester City trainee still made 38 appearances across all competitions as Spurs finished fourth and made it all the way to the Champions League final at Atletico's Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
He will now call the Spanish capital home, with Atleti signing the right-back they were seeking having released the experienced Juanfran after his contract expired this summer.
Some reports suggested Spurs could sign striker Angel Correa from Atletico as part of the deal but Trippier departed in a cash-only transfer.
He moved to Tottenham from Burnley in 2015 after an impressive spell in the side at Turf Moor.
Having initially played second-fiddle to Kyle Walker, Trippier emerged as Mauricio Pochettino's main right-back after Walker's departure to Manchester City.
Trippier signed a new five-year deal at Spurs in 2017 but has now moved on, the club issuing a three-line statement confirming his departure and wishing him luck in the future.