Mauricio Pochettino has revealed Kieran Trippier tried to contact him to explain he felt his words were ‘twisted’ while on international duty, after he appeared to criticise his former club for the handling of his summer exit.
Trippier, 28, clinched a £20m move to Atletico Madrid in the transfer window after four seasons at White Hart Lane.
The right-back claimed last week he ‘didn’t really get an answer’ when he spoke to Pochettino and the chairman Daniel Levy about his future, before opting for a new life in Spain.
Pochettino had played down talk of a potential rift between him and Trippier, while confirming that the latter sent him a text message earlier this week to clarify the situation – but he did not receive it after recently changing numbers.
Instead, Harry Kane relayed the message to his boss following his return from international duty.
Speaking ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash against Crystal Palace, Pochettino said: “I didn’t see it, but I heard about it. I can explain how I feel.
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“We had a conversation where he explained he was going to move to Atletico Madrid – okay nothing more.
“Yesterday (Wednesday) when Harry Kane arrived back he said to me ‘did you get Kieran’s text?’ I said ‘no’ because I changed my number. Maybe because he doesn’t have the new number.
“Because he (Trippier) believe his words were twisted – I don’t know nothing more.
“Kieran translated this message to me through Harry Kane. He wanted to tell me. But I’ve got no problem with Kieran.
“In football decisions happen and players move from one club to another. What happened, happened and we need to move on and he needs to think of Atletico Madrid and be happy there.”
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He added: “After the summer he came to see me, he asked me for a meeting and said ‘gaffer, I think I have a good possibility and for different reasons I would like to accept the offer from Atletico Madrid’.
“He didn’t ask me nothing. He only communicated whether the club were going to accept the offer. Nothing more.
“It wasn’t a conversation – you want me? Or you don’t want me? It was so clear.
“He played the final, when I had plenty of different options, with Serge Aurier, Davinson Sanchez, Kyle Walker-Peters. But he played the final. My actions talk more than my mouth.
“There’s no point to talk about if something happened or didn’t happen. The reality is one reality, but who is right in all this process?
“There’s no point to talk. But I keep very good memories from him.”