One of the more surprising moves of this summer’s soccer transfer window was completed on Wednesday, as Spurs right back and England international Kieran Trippier agreed to a move to La Liga’s Atlético Madrid.
Trippier, a regular starter for the Spurs team that reached the Champions League Final in May, has signed a three-year contract with the Colchoneros. The Spanish club reportedly paid a $27 million fee for the chance to acquire the right back.
The 28-year-old is a graduate of the Manchester City academy, which he left after never getting a chance to debut for the Man City senior team. He spent a few seasons on loan at clubs such as Barnsley and Burnley before signing a permanent deal with Burnley in 2012.
In 2015, he moved to Premier League giant Tottenham for $4.4 million, where he gradually gained experience and minutes. By last season, he had established himself as an unquestioned starter for Mauricio Pochettino’s side, becoming a key part of the team’s successful season.
Perhaps the most memorable moment so far of Trippier’s career was his goal in the 2018 World Cup semifinal against Croatia, which gave England a 1-0 lead before they eventually fell.
Now, he’ll have the opportunity to play for one of Spain’s best teams and under a defensive “guru” in Diego Simeone.