Kieran Trippier says behind-the-scenes issues made him quit Tottenham for Atletico Madrid

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KIERAN TRIPPIER revealed he left Tottenham for Atletico Madrid due to issues that took place behind the scenes.

Tripper shone bright during his four-year stint at Spurs where he made 114 appearances, scored two goals and produced 24 assists.

The England international’s impressive appearances caught the eye of La Liga giants Atletico Madrid who signed him for a fee in the region of £22million.

The full-back said it was time for a change and decided to leave the north London club due to behind the-scenes-reasons.

The 28-year-old decided to move on but didn’t want to give any details about the issues he encountered.

Tripper told Sky Sports: “I think it was time for me to change and move on.

“I don’t necessarily mean that I needed to move on, but things happened behind the scenes at Tottenham, which I don’t really want to go into, but I needed to move on from that.”

Tripper stood out in England’s impressive World Cup campaign last year that saw Gareth Southgate’s side making it to the semi-finals.

The Three Lions came close to the final when the right-back scored a superb free-kick in the first half against Croatia.

However, Zlatko Dalic’s side turned things around and won 2-1 with goals by Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic.

Tripper featured in Atletico Madrid’s incredible 7-3 win over La Liga rivals Real Madrid at the International Champions Cup at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

That friendly match saw his former Premier League rival and current team-mate Diego Costa grabbing the headlines.

The ex-Chelsea star scored a hat-trick and was then sent off with a straight red card.

Tottenham have so far signed Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon for a club record £53.8m as well as Kion Etete as well as Jack Clarke for an undisclosed fee.

Spurs have also been linked with some major moves for Fulham starlet Ryan Sessegnon as well as Juventus star Paulo Dybala.

Napoli ace Elseid Hysaj has also been touted as a potential replacement for Trippier at right-back.

I don’t necessarily mean that I needed to move on, but things happened behind the scenes at Tottenham, which I don’t really want to go into, but I needed to move on from that

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