Kieran Trippier has disclosed the reasons that led to his exit from Tottenham to Atletico Madrid.
Trippier penned down a three-year deal with Spanish giants Atletico earlier this month after joining for a fee in the region of £22m.
The English right-back was in superb form for the Three Lions at the 2018 World Cup, however, a below-par performance for Spurs last season saw the boo-boys calling for his exit.
“I think it was time for me to change and move on,” Trippier said.
“I don’t necessarily mean that I needed to move on, but things happened behind the scenes at Tottenham, which I don’t really want to go into, but I needed to move on from that.”
Trippier played a vital role in the 7-3 mauling of rivals Real Madrid in a pre-season friendly on Friday night, thanks to Diego Costa’s treble.
And the former Spurs man has credited Costa and Morata, for helping him settle into life with his new team-mates.
"Things happened behind the scenes at Tottenham…I needed to move on from that."
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“It’s been a lot easier than I expected,” Trippier said via Sky Sports.
“The lads have been unbelievable with me. Since I’ve been through the door they’ve welcomed me with open arms, the coach as well.
“Especially those two – they’ve been brilliant with me, Morata and Costa. They’ve been explaining to me what it means to play for Atletico and what it means to the fans.”