Official: Kieran Trippier leaves Atlético for Newcastle


Kieran Trippier has signed for Newcastle United on a two-and-a-half-year deal price a reported €15 million, according to The Guardian.

The 31-year-old moved to Atlético Madrid from Tottenham in 2019 and received a LaLiga title throughout his time in Spain. The suitable-back’s take care of Atlético was set to run out in summer season 2023.

Newcastle are preventing relegation from the Premier League and are planning on spending vital cash within the January transfer window after a Saudi-backed consortium purchased the membership late final yr. Trippier is the primary of what might be numerous signings.

Atlético at the moment are wanting for replacements at right-back, with César Azpilicueta among the many many names linked. ESPN and Marca have claimed Atlético are in search of a full-back who may also deputize at centre-back.

The unique payment reported for Trippier, greater than €25 million, would have given them some additional wiggle room within the switch market. However Atlético have been going to enter the market anyway as a way to improve Diego Simeone’s protection.

What do Atlético do now?

Trippier was Simeone’s beginning right-back, and the Argentine isn’t keen on rotating and solely rested the English defender when completely obligatory (until the participant was injured or suspended). The one different pure right-back within the squad with vital game-time is Šime Vrsaljko, however he has by no means really satisfied Cholo.

Rodrigo De Paul’s arrival has seen Marcos Llorente moved round, and the versatile Spaniard is prone to fill in for Trippier for the time being till a alternative is sorted.

Llorente to the top of the road

The ex-Actual Madrid participant has lengthy been moved across the chessboard as a flexible choice for each Simeone and Luis Enrique with Spain.

Llorente’s profession began as a holding midfielder with Alavés whereas on mortgage from Madrid, however he was pissed off at his lack of recreation time upon returning to the Santiago Bernabéu. Florentino Pérez was so unconvinced by the midfielder that he bought him to a direct rival — for whom Llorente was arguably one of the best Spanish participant in LaLiga final season.

In response to FBref, Llorente has performed as a right-back in eight of 18 video games this season. Within the two earlier campaigns, the 26-year-old has performed at wing-back, a central midfielder, an attacking midfielder, and even a supporting ahead.

Llorente began at right-back throughout Atlético’s 5-0 win over Rayo Majadahonda within the Copa del Rey on Thursday.