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Trippier knows he has decision to make, but wants to stay in England

PUBLISHED: 12:00 03 June 2019 | UPDATED: 12:00 03 June 2019

Tottenham Hotspur's Kieran Trippier and Liverpool's Roberto Firmino during the Champions League Final at the Wanda Metropolitano (pic: Joe Giddens/PA).

Tottenham Hotspur's Kieran Trippier and Liverpool's Roberto Firmino during the Champions League Final at the Wanda Metropolitano (pic: Joe Giddens/PA).

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The defender has been heavily linked with a move away from Spurs in recent months after four years with the London club

The pain of losing Saturday's Champions League final is still raw, but attention now turns to improving the Tottenham Hotspur squad and Kieran Trippier has conceded while there is speculation over his future, he wants to remain in England.

Goals by Mo Salah and Divock Origi handed Liverpool a 2-0 win in Madrid and a sixth European Cup crown.

Spurs dominated possession and created plenty of chances at Wanda Metropolitano, but didn't take them and the focus for Mauricio Pochettino currently is finding a way for the club to ensure this is not a one-off occasion.

Trippier admitted Tottenham must kick on from this, but whether he is part of the next chapter remains to be seen.

Napoli have been heavily linked with the right-back after the Lilywhites number two endured a tough campaign following the high of helping England reach the semi-finals of the World Cup.

"There is speculation," Trippier admitted. "I'll go home, spend time with my family and just recover from a long difficult season."

He added: "Of course I want to stay in England, but what can you do? We'll see what happens and what the club want most importantly.

"I give everything for this club - in training sessions and games, so we'll see what happens in pre-season."

After signing for Tottenham in 2015 from Burnley, Trippier had enjoyed a steady rise at White Hart Lane and eventually displaced Kyle Walker as first-choice in his second season at the club.

He impressed during the 2017/18 campaign too and this led to a successful World Cup in Russia, but this term he has been dogged by injury and a lack of competition for his spot in the starting XI.

Fellow right-back Serge Aurier has struggled with injuries while Kyle Walker-Peters has rarely been given an opportunity.

It has meant Trippier has played through the pain on occasions to help Spurs reach the Champions League final and finish fourth in the Premier League this season.

He discussed how Tottenham have been good to him, but knows conversations need to happen with Pochettino, although hinted they may wait until July.

"Everybody has a decision to make it doesn't matter what player you are," Trippier said.

"This club has been very good to me these past few years, but I'll enjoy my summer, come back for pre-season and that is when I'll sit down and talk to the manager about my future.

"I have seen a lot of speculation about me not being here, but I try to give everything every single game; win, lose or draw, so we'll see what happens in pre-season."

Given Trippier's desire to remain in England, he could find himself on the wishlist of Manchester United if they are unable to sign Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace.

Juventus are another Italian club said to be interested in the 28-year-old - born in Bury - and Saturday's final in Madrid could turn out to be his last appearance for Tottenham.

For Spurs, a renovation of the squad is needed with Fernando Llorente out of contract at the end of this month and speculation regarding the future of other players now a big discussion point.

Regardless of whether Trippier is part of the team or not, he hopes this can be the start for the Lilywhites under manager Pochettino and in their new 62,062-seater stadium.

He added: "Obviously we took a big step getting to the Champions League final this year after everything we've overcome; playing at Wembley, injuries and stuff, so it's important for the club to take the next step.

"If we're reaching the final of the Champions League, we need to maintain that and obviously in the league as well.

"We have the new stadium, which is very important, and we want to be in these competitions and we need to build on it and maintain the standard and try to improve next season."

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