England right-back Kieran Trippier has completed a £20m move to Spanish side Atletico Madrid from Tottenham.
The 28-year-old has signed a three-year deal with the La Liga side after being told by Spurs he was free to move on. Trippier spent three seasons in north London after signing from Burnley in June 2015 and played more than 100 times for Tottenham, including their Champions League final loss to Liverpool in June at his new home ground.
He was also a key member of the England team that reached last summer’s World Cup semi-final in Russia. Atleti coach Diego Simeone has already recruited centre-back Felipe from Porto and left-back Renan Lodi from Brazilian side Athletico Paranaense, while long-serving stalwart Diego Godin has joined Inter Milan.
Trippier’s arrival brings Atletico’s total transfer spend so far this summer to more than £170m, with the club having also secured the services of Portugal striker Joao Felix for £113m and midfielder Marcos Llorente from city rivals Real for £36m.
Antoine Griezmann’s switch to Spanish champions Barcelona netted more than £107m for Atleti and last season’s runners-up have quickly reinvested their cash. “With this signing, we add to our team a fantastic and experienced player who comes to us from the Champions League runners-up,” Atletico said in a statement on their website regarding the Trippier deal.
“The Englishman is a versatile full-back who can also play in midfield and has a fantastic right foot. Because of all this, we welcome Trippier to the Atleti Family and wish him the best of luck at his new home.”
Atletico Madrid are 19.00 to win La Liga next season, with Barcelona 1.60 and Real Madrid 2.20.