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Tottenham fans react as 31-year-old eyes Premier League return, £50m clause

Kieran Trippier has told The Mail that he would love to return to the Premier League before the end of his career. The Atletico Madrid defender is preparing to take on Liverpool in the Champions League on Tuesday night. Tottenham fans have responded to his comments, eyeing a return.

Trippier, 31, left Tottenham in the summer of 2019 for a fee of around £20million – joining Atletico Madrid. He had previously played 114 times for Spurs, clocking up 24 assists in that time. The England international was made to be patient, playing behind Kyle Walker for a couple of seasons.

Since then, he has gone from strength to strength – getting better as he gets older. He helped Atletico Madrid win La Liga under Diego Simeone last season – and even captained England against Andorra in the most-recent international break. Now, it appears he wants to return to England.

The ex-Manchester City ace played 343 times in all competitions in English football – for Tottenham, Barnsley and Burnley. Little surprise then, that the 35-time England international is keen on a return. He spoke honestly with the Mail, that before retirement he would love to come back.

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“Who knows, maybe further down the line I would like to be a manager. Who knows at the end of my career, I could play for Dyche again and get a coaching role with him,” Trippier suggested – in conversation with The Mail. “I would love to play in the Premier League again.”

Is Trippier still good enough for the Premier League, Tottenham?

Without a doubt. Trippier, right now, is probably one of the best right-backs in Champions League football. A Euro 2020 finalist, he laid on the assist for Luke Shaw to score againsty Italy – just weeks after lifting aloft the La Liga trophy. It has been a brilliant 12 months for the right-back.

So yes, easily, Trippier is good enough for the Premier League and that will be the case for at least the next four years. But his heart still lies in the North of England, and a return to Burnley is something the defender has discussed before. It would certainly be a coup for Sean Dyche’s sude.

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Do Tottenham need Trippier – or are they well stocked at right-back?

The signing of Emerson Royal from Tottenham was an impressive one from Fabio Paratici. Taking advantage of Barcelona’s financial issues, the Brazil international joined Spurs and is beginning to settle, producing improving performances in the wins over Aston Villa and Newcastle United.

Behind Emerson, there are numerous options – so much so that Serge Aurier came to an agreement to terminate his contract a year early. Japhet Tanganga is up-and-coming at Spurs, a real fan favourite thanks to his combative, physical displays. Matt Doherty is also an option at right-back.

So, right now, Tottenham probably do not need a right-back. They are well equipped in that area and Fabio Paratici would be better advised to go for a central midfielder, or another option out wide. Even cover behind Harry Kane. But a right-back? It is probably the last area in need of recruitment.

Tottenham fans have reacted on Twitter to the comments made by Trippier. Some are desperate to see the Champions League defender return to the club in the future. His contract expires in the summer of 2023 – a contract that includes a release clause worth £50million (AS).

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