Kieran Trippier has completed one of the most endearing transfers of the summer to date after joining Atlético Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur in a contract worth at least £ 20m.
The English full-back, who made over 100 appearances over a four-season period at the club in north London after arriving from Burnley, signed a three-year contract at the Wanda Metropolitano. The 28-year-old admitted towards the end of last season that his future at Spurs was in doubt, with Mauricio Pochettino intent on redesigning his team for what he called the "next chapter" of team development.
Trippier was one of the greatest performers in England, came fourth in the World Cup in Russia last summer, scoring at the start of the semi-final defeat from Croatia to Moscow, but experienced a difficult season last time when its shape has fallen. This culminated in the fact that he lost the selection for the League of Nations campaign in Portugal last month, with the trent Alexander-Arnold now usurping it in the hierarchy.
He could still be followed by Spurs by his international teammate, Danny Rose, 29, who joined Vincent Janssen and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou for being omitted from the team that left for Singapore on a pre-season tour Wednesday " to explore potential opportunities with other clubs ". Both Rose and Trippier started the final defeat of the Champions League with Liverpool just six weeks ago.
Pochettino will have Serge Aurier and Kyle Walker-Peters as right-back for the following season, although this last one has suitors in rival Premier League clubs. The manager believes that Juan Foyth, officially a midfielder, will be able to adapt to the position, while the interest is kept in Fulham's left player, Ryan Sessegnon, and his twin brother Steven, who works in the right-back role.
Trippier will replace Juanfran, released last month, at the Primera Liga, second with Atlético who failed to secure Nélson Semedo from Barcelona. The Manchester City Academy joins Port-protected midfielder Felipe and left-back Renan Lodi, previously with Athletico Paranaense. The Spanish club also secured Joao Felix for 113 million pounds from Benfica and Marcos Llorente of Real Madrid, while he sold Antoine Griezmann to the Barcelona champions for 107.7 million pounds.