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Pochettino has ‘no problem’ with Trippier

By AAP Newswire

Mauricio Pochettino has played down talk of a potential rift with former Tottenham defender Kieran Trippier, who criticised his old club whilst on international duty.

The England right-back departed Spurs this summer for Atletico Madrid after four seasons in a transfer worth PS20 million ($A36m) and has enjoyed a strong start to life in Spain.

Ahead of the Euro 2020 qualifier, Trippier opened up about his Tottenham exit and told reporters: "I had a conversation with the manager, a meeting with the chairman to see what my future was and I didn't get the impression that they wanted to keep me."

Pochettino dismissed suggestions there was any bad blood between the pair in his press conference ahead of Saturday's Premier League fixture at home to Crystal Palace.

He said: "I didn't see it, but I heard about it. I can explain how I feel. 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.

Before he moved to the club in the summer of 2015, Trippier had only played one season in the Premier League.

"We signed him from Burnley when they were relegated, bought him for PS4million ($A7.2m). He was worried about whether he would play or not play - I said to him don't worry we are going to provide the best platform for performance," the Spurs manager added:.

"Later one and a half years he was in the starting XI, he reached the national team, played the World Cup and now he's with Atletico Madrid.

"That talks very highly about Tottenham, talks very highly about him, and we are more than happy that he is enjoying the new experience in Spain. I hope he has a good life there."