Atletico Madrid full-back Kieran Trippier has said that playing for the La Liga club is a “step up” from his time at Tottenham.
The 28-year-old left North London for the Spanish capital in a £22m deal earlier this summer, with the Champions League final defeat to Liverpool his final competitive game for Mauricio Pochettino‘s side.
“I’m working with one of the best coaches in the world,” the right-back said. “Atletico is one of the biggest teams in Europe. I’m not taking a step down, I’m taking a step up.”
Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate – who picked Trippier in his latest squad for European qualifiers against Kosovo and Bulgaria – travelled to the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium last weekend to watch the defender in action.
Speaking about Southgate’s visit, Trippier said he is grateful for the England boss taking the time out to check on his progress.
“I texted [Southgate] to say thanks for coming out to watch me and for the support,” said Trippier. “It meant a lot to know I’m still in his thinking.”
Atletico are top of the La Liga table having won all three of their games in the competition so far this season.
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