Atletico Madrid defender Kieran Trippier has revealed teammate Diego Costa calls him ‘Rooney’ on a daily basis.
The 29-year-old defender ended a four-year spell with Tottenham Hotspur when he joined Los Rojiblancos in the summer.
Trippier in Madrid: Five key things to know…
- Kieran Trippier left Tottenham Hotspur for Atletico Madrid in the summer for a reported £20m.
- He subsequently became the first English player to join Los Rojiblancos in 95 years.
- Trippier has been a regular under Diego Simeone by starting in seven of their opening nine La Liga games.
- On debut against Getafe he created the winning goal in a 1-0 victory.
- He’s since revealed teammate Diego Costa calls him ‘Rooney’ on a daily basis.
Since linking up with Diego Simeone the Bury-born right-back has been near ever-present having started in seven of their nine La Liga outings.
His league debut, at home to Getafe, saw him tee-up Álvaro Morata as they ran out 1-0 winners. He also added an assist is Atletico’s 2-2 draw with Juventus in their Champions League group stage clash.
Trippier, who until now hadn’t played abroad, feels he’s assimilating well to life in Spain and credits his teammates for helping him settle.
Of those who he shares a dressing room with, none have been more accommodating than Costa with whom he crossed paths before when the Spanish marksman represented Chelsea. And the combative ‘number nine’ has a special nickname for Trippier.
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“He calls me Rooney 10 times a day,” he told Marca.
“He does it all the time, just for a laugh. But it’s Diego, I don’t care. We all find it funny and I like that he always makes jokes.
“I knew him from the Premier League and he’s the funniest player I’ve ever played with. There’s a great atmosphere here and everyone makes jokes, but Costa is the funniest.”