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'People don't know': £12m player says Tottenham stopped him getting his injury treated, caused him to leave
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'People don't know': £12m player says Tottenham stopped him getting his injury treated, caused him to leave

Kieran Trippier has spoken about his exit from Tottenham Hotspur after losing the 2019 Champions League final.

Trippier told the Undr the Cosh podcast that there was a disagreement behind the scenes over how best to treat an injury.

The right-back joined Atletico Madrid the month after that 2-0 defeat to Liverpool under Mauricio Pochettino.

And he said lots of issues built up behind the scenes before his exit but the injury issue was the icing on top of the cake.

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Trippier on Tottenham exit

He said: “I was on anti inflammatories, paracetamol. I knew at Christmas time I needed surgery.

“There was me, Christian (Eriksen) and Ben Davies at the time and they had surgery, but I didn’t.

“That was one of my arguments; ‘why am I not allowed surgery?’.

“There were loads of things people don’t know about that was building up and that was the icing on the cake before I left.

“I hold no grudges against Tottenham though. I probably wouldn’t be in this position now if I didn’t go there in the first place, so I had a lot to thank them for.

“It was only a three or four week injury though, so I don’t understand.”

Trippier went on to win La Liga with Atletico Madrid, before returning to England with Newcastle in a £12 million deal in January.

He has been a huge figure in the Toon Army’s recent resurgence, wearing the captain’s armband as they have soared into the Champions League places during his first full season at the club.

And he is now bound for the World Cup with England. The first one he went to was as a Spurs player, in 2018, when he was one of England’s best players as they reached the semi-finals.

After setting up Luke Shaw’s goal in the final of Euro 2020 last year, Trippier will be hoping England can go one better this time.

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