Former Tottenham defender Kieran Trippier has insisted that he has nothing to prove as he prepares to make his Atletico Madrid debut.
Trippier moved from Spurs to Atletico this summer following a disappointing season in which the right-back lost his place in the England national team.
“For a number of reasons,” he confirmed. “It was the right thing at the moment, and I have come to a great team. I’ve always wanted to play abroad and I didn’t want to let this opportunity slip away from me.”
Despite falling out of contention for England, the former Burnley man stressed that he had not made the switch to La Liga because he had a point to prove.
“No, I don’t think so. I just want to enjoy my football and I’m going to do it.
“As I said, this is a new step and a new challenge. I just want to make it as good as I can be for my teammates and for my team, and hopefully achieve a lot of success.”
Trippier also called on fellow English players to make the move abroad – with Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho being the only member of Gareth Southgate’s last England squad who plays outside the Premier League.
“I don’t know [why few English players play in foreign leagues],” Trippier added. “I would advise English players to play abroad. This is a great opportunity to learn new things. It’s a different environment, different coaches and a different style of play.
“Maybe it’s because players don’t want to get out of that bubble of playing in England. But for me it was not a problem.”