Kieran Trippier admitted he was “devastated” to leave Burnley ahead of his new challenge with Tottenham Hotspur.
The former Clarets defender visited Turf Moor this week to say his goodbyes following a summer transfer to White Hart Lane, where he signed a five year deal for an undisclosed fee.
Burnley moved quickly to replace the outgoing right back, signing Matthew Lowton from Aston Villa on a three-year deal.
But as he looks to take his career to the next level, Trippier insisted he will never forget the support shown to him during his four-year spell at Turf Moor.
He told Clarets Player HD: “I’ve had so many good messages from the fans and I’m thankful for that.
“I’d like to think I’ve given everything to the club. I always gave 110 per cent. I know a lot has been made of the fee, but I only had a year left last year and I could have run that down and gone on a Bosman, but I wanted to sign and give Burnley fans a year in the Premier League.
“The understanding was that if we were relegated I could leave. But everyone, from the gaffer through to the fans themselves, have supported me for four years and I will never forget that.”
He added: “I was devastated when we got relegated because I didn’t want to leave the club.
“There was a lot going through my mind, but Tottenham came in and when a team who are in the Europa League, and who finished fifth in the Premier League last season, wants you, you don’t think twice.
“It is devastating to leave Burnley, but I want to play in the Premier League and be the best player I can be.”
Trippier enjoyed a trophy-laden spell with the Clarets, winning the Player of the Year award at the end of his first season in 2012 and being nominated in each of the three subsequent seasons.
His consistent form earned the former Manchester City youngster a nomination in the PFA Championship team of the year in 2013 and 2014 and he covets a Championship runners-up medal following the Clarets’ promotion last summer.
Trippier added: “I always wanted to play in the Premier league and when the current gaffer (Sean Dyche) came in it changed everything for me… and what a manager he has been for this club.
“He has changed my game because everyone will know that when he came we were conceding goals for fun.
“When the gaffer came in we did do much defensive work to tighten things up and you only need to look at the year we got promoted, when we had the tightest defence in the Championship.
“All I ever wanted to do was be a modern day full back, getting on the ball and putting crosses in the box. When Jay (Rodriguez) was here, then Charlie (Austin) and then Sam (Vokes) and Danny (Ings), all I wanted was to help them as much as I could.
“But we were a team and we all helped each other. The lads in the dressing room have been brilliant and the gaffer has been outstanding for me personally in my career.
“I’d love to play for him for the rest of my career, but sometimes you have to move on, and although it’s difficult to leave I’m looking forward to the times ahead.”
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