Kieran Trippier admits the second half of his final season at Tottenham was a “car crash” but felt the club did not indicate that they wanted him to stay and believes they were too hasty in selling him to Atletico Madrid.
The 28-year-old is back in the England squad for the forthcoming Euro 2020 qualifying double-header against Bulgaria and Kosovo after making an early impression in Spain.
He missed out on the Nations League finals at the end of last season as a poor personal campaign at Tottenham followed reaching the semi-final of the World Cup a year earlier.
Trippier concedes his form curtailed during the latter months of his Tottenham stint and felt the writing was on the wall in terms of having to leave the club, his last game coming in a Champions League final defeat to Liverpool.
“The whole season I had no excuses,” he said.
“My (bad) performances started after Christmas because I thought I had an okay first half of the season if I’m honest but then it was just like a car crash, it just went ‘bang’, things weren’t going my way, I wasn’t playing well.
“I heard rumours about them selling me and it’s not nice but it happens and it’s football. Football changes quickly.
“We all did so well at the World Cup but I didn’t have the best season after. It wasn’t an easy decision. I love the Premier League but I’m in LaLiga now and loving it.
“I set the bar high at the World Cup and they knew how well I could do but I just feel that Tottenham probably got rid of me at the wrong time because I just needed that four-week rest for recovery because I was struggling with injuries to come back, fresh, ready. So maybe I could have stayed, but I’ve got no regrets.”
After holding talks with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy and manager Mauricio Pochettino, Trippier knew his time in north London was coming to a close as he made a surprise move to Madrid in a deal worth a reported £20million.
“I spoke to my wife and I spoke to my brother who I speak to all the time, and decided to pull the manager in pre-season to see what’s going on,” he said.
“It was a difficult decision. I had four good years there. Met some good people there and thought I had a future there.
“I had a conversation with the manager, a meeting with the chairman to see what my future was and I didn’t get the impression that they wanted to keep me. It is football. It happens.
“It’s not nice when you know the club want to sell you, it’s not nice, but that’s football, it happens.
“He (Pochettino) didn’t say he wanted to move me on. I tried to speak to the chairman about it. I spoke to the manager about his plans and I didn’t get a yes and I didn’t get a no. So you get the impression.
“It’s disappointing. I gave everything for the club and I wanted to stay, I had another couple of years left, but everything happens for a reason.
“Me and the manager didn’t leave on bad terms, he has done a lot for me and I respect him highly. It is just a few things, I tried to speak to the chairman I just didn’t really get an answer.”
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Former Charlton and Huddersfield manager Chris Powell will work under England boss Gareth Southgate this coming international season.
As part of the football Association’s programme to solve the challenge of under-representation of BAME coaches, Powell – who won five caps as a left-back for England during his playing career – will work under Southgate through to next summer’s European Championship.
Former Birmingham defender Michael Johnson, who recently coached Guyana, will work with Under-21s boss Aidy Boothroyd, while Jason Euell, Marcus Bignot, Omer Riza and Matthew Thorpe will join other age-group sides.
“We’re pleased to be able to roll out the next phase of this scheme in partnership with the PFA (Professional footballers Association),” FA technical director Les Reed said in a statement.
“We gathered some useful feedback from coaches who have worked with our men’s teams as part of this scheme over the past year and that has allowed us to further develop this programme to ensure it continues to be mutually beneficial to all parties.”
The initiative was rolled out in 2018 with the likes of retired England internationals Sol Campbell and Kieron Dyer working within the international system.
A pilot scheme for the women’s game has also been completed with the FA aiming to build on that programme moving forward.
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Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is counting down the final few hours of the European transfer window before he can hit the reset button with his squad.
Pochettino has been managing a difficult situation at Spurs as a number of his group have been unsettled while the prospect of a move to Europe was still a possibility.
The Premier League season is well under way, but the future of Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Danny Rose, Victor Wanyama and Serge Aurier has been in doubt.
But the window closes at 17:00 on Monday and Pochettino, who is not expecting any departures, is looking forward to be able to work with a settled squad.
“I was a little bit worried about the situation, because we knew very well what was going on,” he said.
“I am optimistic, happy, what is most important is to all be on the same page, with the club.
“That players have a clear idea where we want to arrive and how we want to move, clear minds like today Christian and different players, tomorrow they’re only going to be focused on Tottenham, not on thinking about different things that make management so difficult.”
Eriksen’s situation has been the most unsettled after he spoke about a desire for a fresh challenge, but the move to a top European club he wished for has not materialised.
He played 90 minutes in Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal and outlined his importance to the club with his 50th Premier League goal.
Pochettino says, barring any late twists in the tale, the Dane will be a Spurs player on Tuesday.
“There are still hours or one day,” he said. “I want to say it is going to be impossible but it is going to be difficult (for him to leave).
“I think nothing is impossible in football, but the most important thing is that it is only 24 hours and I hope that everything will be clear for everyone.”
As well as toasting the closing transfer window Spurs could also have been celebrating three points at Arsenal in a thrilling north London derby where they led 2-0.
Eriksen tapped in from close range and then Harry Kane’s penalty – his 10th goal in 10 games against Arsenal – doubled the lead.
But the Gunners crucially got one back on the stroke of half-time through Alexandre Lacazette and then Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang’s equaliser earned a point.
The point was the least Arsenal deserved as they were camped in Tottenham’s half after the break and boss Unai Emery felt his side could have won.
“Obviously after 2-0 we can be very proud of our response and how our supporters pushed us to get the second goal,” he said.
“The result I think we deserved more, we controlled the second half better than the first half.
“After the first 20, 25 minutes it was very good at the beginning. That second goal gave us difficult moments but the players worked very well to recover the result for us and our fans.
“We created a very good atmosphere. The game was amazing for the football but for us it’s not enough.”
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