Kieran Trippier explains why he left Champions League side Atletico for Newcastle
Kieran Trippier has explained why he chose to leave Champions League side Atletico Madrid and join relegation-threatened Newcastle United.
The 31-year-old was officially announced as Newcastle's first signing as he put pen to paper on a two-and-a-half-year deal.
Trippier was a crucial part of the team that won the LaLiga last season and played an important role in Atletico's Champions League campaign this season. Meanwhile, the Magpies are 19th on the Premier League table and are in serious danger of being relegated this season.
The England international was asked why he chose to give up European football during his first press conference as a Newcastle player.
When quizzed about the transfer, he replied: "I think I made it clear a few months ago that if I had the opportunity to come back to the Premier League I'd love to do so. It's important for my family as well.
"It's a great opportunity. I'm the type of player who loves challenges. I had a challenge going to Atletico in the first place, changing countries, different league, now I'm at Newcastle.
"I know the position they're in and I'm here to help as much as I can on and off the field."
Trippier has worked with Newcastle boss Eddie Howe previously at Burnley in 2012 and admitted he is excited to work with him again.
"I have a great relationship with the manager as everyone knows," Trippier continued. "I've worked with the manager before. "I'm the type of player who loves a challenge and this is certainly a challenge for me and one I'm excited about."
Trippier was accused to moving to Newcastle just for the money, but Howe was quick to shut down the rumours. He said following the unveiling: “It’s a sign this club has a huge pull and I’m not talking financially.
“Kieran hasn’t come here for financial reasons, he’s come for this club and its challenge and the longer-term vision. Hopefully with his signing, others players around the world will share his dream and vision.”
Trippier could make his debut in tomorrow's FA Cup third round meeting with Cambridge United.