Co-owner of Newcastle United reacts to a five-word post by Kieran Trippier amid an approach from Bayern Munich
Notwithstanding Bayern Munich’s best efforts to pry him away from Newcastle United, Kieran Trippier has trained as usual this week.
The England international was contacted by the German powerhouses last week, but Newcastle made it plain that he wasn’t for sale. Bayern put United’s commitment to the test again on Tuesday when they made an offer that was turned down for about £13 million.
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The 33-year-old’s transfer to Bayern has since been terminated, according to sporting director Christoph Freund, who stated yesterday: “The Kieran Trippier issue is over.” We only take action based on our complete convictions.”
Trippier was amenable to the notion of joining England and former Tottenham Hotspur colleagues Harry Kane and Eric Dier in Germany, as previously reported by NewcastleWorld earlier this week, but he never intended to press for a transfer.
The right-back has therefore been completely focused on the Magpies’ FA Cup fourth-round match against Fulham on Saturday night (kick-off 7pm), despite the commotion. Trippier said he was “putting the hard work in” to his Instagram fans on Wednesday. Mehrdad Ghodoussi, a co-owner of Newcastle, acknowledged the post and responded with an emoji of a fire and a love heart.
With players like Callum Wilson and Miguel Almiron drawing interest from other teams, it has undoubtedly been a difficult week for United. However, Eddie Howe will be hoping that all eyes are on the work when his team plays Fulham and then Aston Villa three days later.
Early signs point to the absence of such an issue. Almiron has also turned to social media, using the word “work” in an apparent attempt to dispel rumors that he would be joining Al Shabab of the Saudi Pro League.