Kieran Trippier’s first words as a Newcastle United player that fans will LOVE

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Kieran Trippier’s first words since joining Newcastle United from Atletico Madrid for £12million plus add-ons.

Kieran Trippier is looking forward to reuniting with former boss Eddie Howe in an exciting project at Newcastle United.

The England full-back became the Magpies’ first signing of the January window - and the first under the new ownership - after signing from Atletico Madrid on Friday morning.

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Trippier put pen to paper on a two-and-a-year deal and link up with Howe for a second time after the Toon head coach signed him for Burnley a decade ago.

Reunited on Tyneside, Trippier is eager to get to work as United battle to retain their Premier League status.

Kieran Trippier on Eddie Howe

“We have a great relationship. He trusted in me once and he’s trusted in for the second time,” Trippier told NUFCTV.

“I’ve got huge respect for the gaffer. I know what he demands on the training pitch and on the pitch. I’ll give absolutely everything, as the gaffer knows.”

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When asked about his conversations with Howe, Trippier said: “We’ve just been brief really.

“He was very excited for me to come to Newcastle, I was very excited to join him for a second time.

“I feel like I can help the team on and off the pitch but the important thing is we all stick together for the second half of the season because every game is a final.

“I’m happy to be here to try and keep the team in the Premier League. That’s our ambition.”

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Kieran Trippier on the battle for Premier League survival

Newcastle sit 19th in the Premier League table, two points from safety with 19 games left to play.

Trippier, after swapping Champions League football for a relegation battle, is confidence the Magpies can survive.

He said: “You look at the club, the fanbase - it’s a huge club. And the project that is happening now is very exciting. That’s another reason why I came here.

“It’s a good opportunity for me, I love challenges. I tested myself in Spain and now I’m testing myself at Newcastle.

“It’s an honour for me to be here.

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“It’s a good team, good manager and good staff. The people that know me, the players and managers I’ve played with know I fight for everything.

“I know the position Newcastle are in but I want to be here and help the club on and off the pitch with my experience as well to climb up the table.

“I’m not shy to get in a battle. I want to do my best for the club, the fans, the owners and everyone involved with Newcastle United. “

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