Kieran Trippier completed his £12.5million transfer from Atletico Madrid to newly minted Newcastle on Friday ahead of a two-and-a half year contract worth £100k a week.
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Kieran Trippier has hit back at claims he’s only joined Newcastle United for the cash.
The England right back swapped Atletico Madrid for Tyneside in a £12.5m transfer and a two-and-a half year contract worth the same, at £100k a week.
He has vowed to prove he’s made the move for sporting reasons not just the financials, and wants to help keep Eddie Howe’s side in the Premier League.
Trippier, who is the first current England international Newcastle have signed since Michael Owen in 2005, says he will push to keep his place in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the World Cup, despite joining a relegation battle.
Trippier answered the question, “Is he only here to make money?” “I fight for the shirt. People are entitled to their opinion. The most important thing was for my family to come back to England and especially the North. If people say it is for money they can have their opinion but I have my reasons.
“Is it a brave decision? I had the same question before I went to Madrid. People said it was a risk and I shouldn’t make that move.
“I took the risk of going to Spain, and I believed in myself. I am brave, I like to take chances and challenges. I am not afraid to come here and fight for the club to get us higher.
“I am still ambitious. I want to get in the England team and I feel I can still handle the pressure. I am in good shape.”
Newcastle conceded a Premier League record 80 Premier League goals in 2021 and lost 21 games. However, Trippier hopes that this run will improve rather than harm his England place.
“Me and Gareth will be in contact soon. I am not giving up on England. I am challenging myself. I play for Newcastle. I have to play well here. I am up against some good right backs, Reece James, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Kyle Walker.
“I love challenges. This is a test but I will never give up on my hopes of playing for England.”
He claims he is a better player than when he left Spurs for Spain, citing coach Diego Simeone “worked me relentlessly and taught me so much.”
Eddie Howe wants to sign more and Newcastle have raised their offer for Sven Botman Liile defender. Callum Wilson is expected to be out for two months and Anthony Martial is available on loan.
Howe is warning Newcastle against imposing relegation clauses on their January signings.
However, Howe wants stars. “no way out”he demands full commitment and will not accept any excuses for new signings.
Howe answered a question about using relegation provisions to reassure new players: “We have half a season left and I want players who want to come and are absolutely committed to turning the situation around.
“Offering relegation clauses is a sure fire way to potentially bring players in who don’t have the correct motivation.
“So we take each situation on an individual basis. I would never state clearly whether we are or we are not. Each individual situation is different.
“But I want players who are absolutely committed and have no way out, and think I have got to make this work. I think that is the only way we will get success.”