Tottenham Hotspur’s, Kieran Trippier, has agreed a new five-year deal with the Lilywhites, extending his stay with the club until 2022.
The former Burnley man’s improved contract all but confirms that Kyle Walker will be heading to Manchester City, despite Pep Guardiola’s decision to also bring in the full-back of his generation, Dani Alves.
Trippier’s wages have been increased to £65,000-a-week, showing that Mauricio Pochettino is giving the England international the chance to be his first-choice right-back. However, the fact Daniel Levy & co are willing to pay Trippier £65,000-a-week – an increase from his £35,000-a-week – despite only playing 12 Premier League games last term, but are willing to upset Toby Alderweireld, who wants £100,000 in his bank account every seven days, seems backwards.
The Belgium international has become a key part of Spurs’ impressive spine. However, talk of interest from Inter Milan won’t go away, and the former Ajax man is believed to still be waiting for a contract offer from Spurs, aiming to increase his current £75,000-a-week wages.
It’s impressive from Daniel Levy, to be able to tie in demand world-class players, like Harry Kane and Dele Alli, to long-term contracts and all for substantially under £100,000-a-week. However, with a stadium move, increase in transfer fees and Spurs paying Moussa Sissoko £95,000-a-week, the cracks are beginning to appear in the strict – and in footballing terms – frugal approach from the Lilywhites.
How long can they rely on players just wanting and enjoying playing under Pochettino, without monetary gains counteracting the lack of silverware?