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Trippier on what Kyle Walker told him about Pochettino and blasts Kane theory

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Kieran Trippier has blasted a theory about Harry Kane and opened up on his relationship with Kyle Walker and what his former Tottenham Hotspur team-mate told him about Mauricio Pochettino's interest in him.

The 29-year-old is now at Atletico Madrid but has been looking back on his time at Tottenham and discussing his former team-mates.

In a long and extensive interview on The Beautiful Game podcast, the England international spoke about his move to Spurs from Burnley and those early years as Walker's back-up.

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"When we got promoted [at Burnley] I only had a year left on my contract. I could have left on a free transfer after a year in the Premier League but I didn't feel that was right," he explained.

"So I signed a new contract which had a release clause of £3.5million if we got relegated. I'd had a taste of the Premier League, playing in every game. I felt comfortable at that level.

"Then when a team like Tottenham come in for you it's hard to say no. Even though I knew Walks was there at the time I felt I had to take that next step and play as high as I can for as long as I can because you always want to play at the highest level.

"Then I made the move, and you can't turn Tottenham down. I knew it would be difficult."

Walker was very much the main man at Spurs, especially during Trippier's first season when Tottenham challenged Leicester City for the title. The new signing did not make a start for Tottenham before Christmas.

"I knew it was going to be difficult because Walks is a world class player. It's just about waiting for your time. It took 14 or 15 months but it was a learning curve," explained Trippier.

"That first season we were very close [to the title]. It was tough to take. I thought for the whole season the team was unbelievable but just there were games, I think Leicester at home we lost.

"It was tough to take because I felt like that year could have been our year. We were incredible all season. It's still tough to take now."

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He added: "We always believed. At White Hart Lane it was a fortress, difficult for teams to come and play there. We felt strong.

"We weren't getting ahead of ourselves but you've always got to believe you can things and we did.

"It's just the last five games of any season, if you're going for the title, battling against relegation or fighting for promotion, there's going to be twists and turns.

"I felt like the Leicester game at home and especially the Chelsea game at Stamford Bridge were turning points. It was carnage that game, absolute carnage."

Trippier remembered that 'Battle of the Bridge' well as Spurs lost their heads and their title chances, with a 2-0 lead becoming a 2-2 draw.

"It was one of those games. Chelsea v Tottenham is always a battle anyway, no matter if it's a friendly, no matter what it is," he said.

"That game though, if you saw the tackles going in, I have no idea how nobody was sent off.

I"t was a derby though, Hazard got the important goal and from then on you knew it was slipping away. It wasn't about hurting anyone, just letting them know you're there."

Trippier also spoke about his off the pitch relationship with Walker as the two battled for the right-back slot, and revealed that it was Walker who first informed him of the club's interest in him.

"I know what you're saying in the sense of when you go to a new club and there is that competition and how you communicate with each other, but I knew Walks from before I joined," he said.

"I remember when I was at Burnley and we played Spurs. He mentioned to me that 'the manager really likes you'.

"We've always had a good relationship, even if I played. The first year I knew I wasn't going to play many games. Walks was flying. I knew it would be difficult. I played in European games and maybe nine or 10 games in the Premier League. I just had to wait for my time."

Kieran Trippier goes over to shake hands with the Spurs fans in Madrid after his last game for the club

He added: "Me and Walks have a great relationship, with England and at Spurs. We used to go out for dinner with a few other of the boys.

"It's easy for me to sit here and say we had a great relationship and people might say 'yeah right', but genuinely we do. Even when he was playing for 15 games on the bounce, you didn't see me complaining. We just got on with it.

"I have nothing bad to say about him. Nothing but respect for him."

Trippier was also asked about another former Spurs team-mate, Harry Kane, and it was put to him the theory among some that the England captain has reached his peak because of his injuries and what they have done to his body.

The right-back was also asked if it was true that Pochettino had told Kane to run less to help his body.

"No I wasn't [privy to hearing that]. Not at all. It does annoy me that people are saying that about H," he said.

"I'll give you a great example. People say about his injuries but the prime example is Danny Ings, who I used to play with. I think he's had four ACL injuries but you look at him now and he's flying. You can't write anybody off and especially H.

"How can you write him off? It just baffles me. Everybody gets injured but it's just laughable that the media or anybody can write him off. He could play at 50 per cent and still score goals.

"He's the best finisher I've seen, probably him and Jermain Defoe in training. H is great. He's the best pro I've ever come across. He doesn't drink. Top professional on and off the field.

"He does everything right. He will score goals wherever he is. I've got no worries about H."

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Trippier's final season at Spurs was blighted by injury and criticism from the pundits and his own fans.

"You take it. I've played a lot of games, I feel I'm an experienced player now. It doesn't really bother me. Everyone's entitled to their own opinion," he said.

"Fans pay their own money and if they want to criticise a player they can criticise. I know myself. After every game I speak to my brother as he always comes to my games and ask him how do you think I did. He tells me. I know at Man City at home [last season] there were numerous games last season. I played 12-15 games when I didn't play well. It's not like I wasn't trying.

"There was Man United when I tried to play a ball inside and [Paul] Pogba played Marcus [Rashford] through and he scored and they won 1-0.

"There's loads of games I can criticise myself from my last year at Tottenham. I'm the first to admit when I haven't played well and I've come out numerous times when I said I've not been good enough.

"It's about being honest. I'm an honest person and an honest player and I know when I haven't done well and I'll take it on the chin."

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Despite training sessions under Pochettino being famously tough, Trippier believes that those under Diego Simeone at Atletico Madrid are something else.

"I thought Tottenham were brutal with the training sessions but it took it to an all new level. I thought I could relax in the sunshine but none of that!" he admitted.

"Unbelievable the manager and the way you see him on the touchline is what he's like in training. He's not doing it for the cameras.

"Always before games he's always walking up and down thinking. He takes everything in training. His demands are so high and if you're not training well he makes you know.

"I knew I needed to improve on my training, that was shown in my last season at Spurs. There's no better club, manager to work under. Looking back it would have been good to come out here early if the options was there."




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