Kieran Trippier says no animosity with Tottenham teammate Kyle Walker

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Tottenham right-back insists there is a healthy competition.

Tottenham Hotspur full-back Kieran Trippier has told The Sun there is no animosity between himself and teammate Kyle Walker as the pair compete for position in the team.

Kyle Walker is the team's first choice right-back, but since December, summer signing Trippier has become more and more involved, gaining the trust of head coach Mauricio Pochettino.

His early nervous Europa League performances are behind him, and the defender is proving an asset, especially from an attacking perspective, even netting the winner last weekend against Watford - a side who he provided a winning assist against two months back.

He also admits he relishes the way Pochettino gives him license to get forward.

He said: "When Kyle plays I am in the dressing room encouraging him and wishing him well. We have a laugh together in training. There is no animosity or jealousy, we are mates.”

"The manager wants the full-backs to push forward and play like wingers. I love that."

It is this attitude and camaraderie which has been a key part of Tottenham's success this season, losing only three Premier League games.

Spurs are in second place in the top flight, and visit rivals Manchester City on Sunday, the club where Trippier began his career.

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