Kieran Trippier explains decision to leave Atletico Madrid for Newcastle United

Kieran Trippier says he didn’t have to think twice about leaving La Liga winners and Champions League contenders Atletico Madrid for Premier League relegation-battlers Newcastle United.

The England star has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal at St James’ Park and becomes the first senior signing under the club’s new owners and head coach Eddie Howe.

Trippier spent the last two-and-a-half seasons in Madrid, making 83 appearances for Atletico and helping Diego Simeone’s side win the Spanish title last season.

A move to Newcastle, who are currently 19th in the Premier League, may be seen as a downward step but Trippier says he agreed the deal without a second thought.

‘I’m delighted to be joining this fantastic club,’ Trippier said. ‘I really enjoyed my time in Madrid, but when I became aware of interest from Newcastle, and having worked with Eddie Howe before, I knew this was where I wanted to be.

‘I’m aware there is a lot of work ahead of us but I know the demands of Premier League well and I know what an amazing club this is with very talented players.

I’m so happy to be joining Newcastle. Everyone knows the fans are unbelievably passionate and I will give my absolute all for them. I can’t wait to get to work 💪🏼

Thank you to everyone at @nufc & the fans for the very warm welcome I have received so far 🖤🤍 pic.twitter.com/6d0raRrpnv

‘I can’t wait to get started and I’m excited to step out at St. James’ Park as a Newcastle player.’

Trippier spent time at Tottenham, Burnley, Barnsley and Manchester City before heading to Spain and Howe believes he is the perfect addition to help Newcastle avoid relegation.

The Magpies boss said: ‘I am really pleased to welcome Kieran to Newcastle United. I have long admired his abilities and have followed his career, so when the opportunity arose to secure him, we didn’t hesitate.

‘A lot of hard work has gone into planning for the January transfer window long before the month began, which is clear in how quickly we have been able to complete this move.

‘I would like to thank everyone involved, particularly our owners, and I’m very much looking forward to working with Kieran again on the training pitch.’

Newcastle have amassed just 11 points from 19 games this season – winning only once – and are two points from safety.

Trippier could make his Newcastle debut in Saturday’s FA Cup clash against Cambridge United, with Howe’s side returning to Premier League action next weekend against Watford.

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