‘Harry was texting me’: Kieran Trippier opens up on his ‘crazy’ January that saw him linked with a move to Bayern Munich

Harry Kane and Kieran Trippier of England speak as they walk out prior to the England Training Session at St George's Park on July 10, 2021 in Burton upon Trent, England. (
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Kieran Trippier was enjoying the Premier League’s mini winter break in January with a trip to New York City when his phone started to heat up unexpectedly. 

“It was actually crazy,” he recalled. “I was in New York and I got woke up at five o'clock saying Bayern Munich want to sign you. I was like, ‘Well, this is a bit random.’”

Struggling Bayern were keen to bolster their squad with more reliable England players. Harry Kane had of course joined, and Eric Dier had been signed on loan in January and now they wanted another Tottenham alumni in Trippier.

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Matthew Ketchell
Deputy Editor

A former goalkeeper, Ketch joined FourFourTwo as Deputy Editor in 2022 having worked across ChronicleLive, LeedsLive, Hull Daily Mail, YorkshireLive, Teesside Gazette and the Huddersfield Examiner as a Northern Football Editor. Prior to that he was the Senior Writer at BBC Match of the Day magazine. He has interviewed the likes of Harry Kane, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gareth Southgate and attended two World Cup finals and two Champions League finals. He has been a Newcastle United season ticket holder since 2000 and has a deep knowledge on the history and culture of football shirts.