Kieran Trippier explains his emotions after swapping Burnley for Tottenham

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The right-back is clearly sad to leave Burnley but admits he could not turn down Tottenham Hotspur.

New Tottenham Hotspur signing Kieran Trippier has been speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph about how it feels to leave Burnley this summer.

The right-back has moved to White Hart Lane for £3.5million and his first task will be to become the club’s first-choice player in that position, despite competition from the likes of Kyle Walker, Eric Dier and DeAndre Yedlin.

With an ever-present Premier League campaign under his belt last season the 24-year-old will be quietly confident of doing just that, but he was clearly emotional when he left Sean Dyche’s side.

“It is devastating to leave Burnley,” Trippier told the Lancashire Telegraph, “but I want to play in the Premier League and be the best player I can be. I’ve had so many good messages from the fans I’m thankful for that.”

Tottenham finished fifth in the league last season and have qualified for the Europa League as a result, so that is something Trippier will be experiencing for the first time.

The right-back will also be part of a side pushing to get back into the top four and subsequently qualify for the Champions League, and while Tottenham have a number of right-backs on their books strength in depth will be vital as they attempt to do that.

As Trippier said, when a side like Tottenham comes calling, “You don’t think twice,” but Burnley have been left with a huge hole to fill as a result.

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