Kieran Trippier believes Tottenham may have been too quick to sell him to Atletico Madrid.
The full-back ended his four-year spell with Spurs to join the LaLiga club in a £20million deal during the summer.
Trippier starred for England at the 2018 World Cup, scoring a stunning free-kick in a semi-final loss to Croatia, but his form severely dipped in his final season at White Hart Lane.
He said: “Tottenham probably got rid of me at the wrong time because I just needed that four-week rest for recovery, because I was struggling with injuries, to come back fresh and ready.
“So, maybe I could have stayed, but I’ve got no regrets. I’m at Atletico now and I’m just looking to the future.”
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Trippier’s poor 2018/19 season was summed up when he scored a comical own goal in a 2-0 defeat to Chelsea in February.
But the 29-year-old is hoping to rediscover his form in Madrid.
He has started all three of Atletico’s opening games as Diego Simeone’s side lead the LaLiga table and has been included in Gareth Southgate’s recent England squad.
Trippier added: “The whole of last season I had no excuses.
“My [bad] performances started after Christmas because I thought I had an okay first half of the season if I’m honest, but then it was just like a car crash.
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“It just went ‘bang’, things weren’t going my way, I wasn’t playing well.
“Cholo [Simeone] is one of the best managers in the world, especially on the defensive side, which I need to improve on.
“Last season, it was there for everybody to see. Now there is no better person to work under.”