Kieran Trippier feels vindicated over Newcastle move with Magpies flying high a year on from ditching Champions League football with Atletico Madrid

    Kieran Trippier has said he feels vindicated over his decision to join Newcastle with the team now flying in the Premier League.

    The England right-back was the first signing by the club’s new Saudi Arabian owners, which raised plenty of eyebrows across Europe.

    Trippier is back in the Champions League places with Newcastle

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    Trippier is back in the Champions League places with Newcastle

    There was surprise when he left Atleti

    There was surprise when he left Atleti

    Joining in the first week of the January 2022 transfer window, Trippier swapped Champions League football with Atletico Madrid for a relegation battle with Newcastle.

    Signing a two-and-a-half-year deal in a move worth £12million, it was quickly suggested that Trippier was just making the switch for higher wages, a criticism which he has again dismissed.

    “I think I said it on the first day I signed, I want to help the club,” he said.

    “I came when they were 19th in the league and got questioned about that, but I believed and have believed throughout my whole career.

    “I believed that I could help them stay up – not just me, of course. But it is about building. We are high up at the moment but the Premier League is relentless so you’ve got to keep your feet on the ground.”

    Newcastle are second in the Premier League at the time of writing, with just a single defeat to their name and the division’s best defensive record.

    Newcastle don’t look like they’ll let off any time soon

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    Newcastle don’t look like they’ll let off any time soon

    The Magpies look like they could well compete for Champions League football after a year of heavy spending, and returned from the World Cup break with a convincing 3-0 win over Leicester.

    Speaking about their European hopes and even title aspirations, Trippier said: “The fans are there to dream.

    “That is what they pay all their hard-earned money to watch us and follow us for. They can dream, of course.

    “As players, we need to be realistic and keep our feet on the ground. We’re in a good position in the Premier League and the cup. You can’t take anything for granted, you’ve always got to respect your opposition, but we believe.

    “We are together as a team and a club and just take it a game at a time.”

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