New Atletico Madrid right-back Kieran Trippier says he is loving life at the club as he tries to adapt to the Spanish lifestyle.
The 28-year-old decided to end his Tottenham playing days on July 17 after Atletico paid £21.7million for his services. Trippier signed a three-year deal at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium and he is hoping to improve his game under boss Diego Simeone. The England international made 38 appearances for Spurs last season but he is now ready for a new chapter in La Liga.
Trippier made his debut in the friendly against Numancia, while he also featured in the 7-3 win over Real Madrid. The Bury-born defender says Simeone has already made minor adjustments to his game and he is ready to learn the language as he looks to adapt to his new surroundings.
“I am delighted to be here with a new challenge and new chapter for me and my family,” Trippier said. “There is a lot of new faces but the lads make it easier for you when they include you in everything. I have slotted in better than expected to be honest, the lads have been brilliant with me, all the staff have made me feel so welcome.
“It is about learning the language now and that is my priority, getting involved with the lads and everything around it, embracing the culture. “I am delighted to be part of this world-class team, with a world-class coach. “When you are learning a defensive side there is no better coach to work under, and it is an area I want to improve on.”
Atletico have come close to winning the Champions League on a few occasions and they are priced at 19.00 to win the title this season.