MADRID – England right back Kieran Trippier said the lure of working with Diego Simeone, who he described as one of the top coaches around, convinced him to switch from Tottenham Hotspur to Atletico Madrid.
Trippier was unveiled as an Atletico player on Thursday, a day after completing a transfer reported to be worth £20 million, while Spain defender Mario Hermoso was also presented after sealing a move from Espanyol for €25 million.
“From watching Atletico over the years, you see what he demands of his team, his work ethic, giving everything for the team, and how close the players are with the staff and the club. I wanted to be a part of the family here,” Trippier said.
“He is for me one of the best managers in the world, so it is privilege to play for him, and give everything I can for him.”
Trippier will wear No 23, the same number David Beckham had when he played for Atletico’s cross-town rivals Real Madrid.