Kieran Trippier Joins Atletico Madrid
Former Clarets and England right-back Kieran Trippier has completed a £20m move to Spanish side Atletico Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur, the Bury born full-back joined Spurs from Burnley in June 2015, making sixty-nine appearnces for the London club before signing a three year contract with the La Liga side.
Trippier is Atletico’s third major defensive signing of the summer, coach Diego Simeone has already recruited centre-back Felipe from Porto and left-back Renan Lodi from Brazilian side Athletico Paranaense, while Uruguay defender Diego Godin has moved to Inter Milan.
With Portugal striker Joao Felix brought in for £113m and midfielder Marcos Llorente arriving from city rivals Real for about £36m, Trippier’s arrival brings Atletico’s total transfer spend so far this summer to more than £170m. The La Liga runners-up did, however, receive £107.7m from the sale of France striker Antoine Griezmann to champions Barcelona.
Trippier, whose last appearance for Tottenham was in the 2-0 Champions League final defeat by Liverpool in June, did not travel with the Spurs squad for their pre-season tour of Asia. Whilst fellow full-back Danny Rose also stayed at home after being granted time off “to explore prospective opportunities with other clubs.”