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Trippier focused on Prem chance

Last Updated: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:53

Kieran Trippier says he had to leave Man City for Burnley for the sake of his career and is now ready for his Premier League chance.

The defender is expected to be a key player for the Clarets in the top flight this season after joining following a successful loan in 2012.

The 23-year-old, who starred for England at Under-18, 19, 20 and 21 levels, never got a look-in at the Etihad and decided to leave in order to further his career.

And he hopes to prove a few people wrong by doing well for Sean Dyche's side in the top flight.

He said: "It was so hard to break through (at City) as all the money came in. They started buying lots of players and I was going down the pecking order.

"I always believed I could break into the Premier League with City. For a youngster, it was really hard to take. I was doing well in training and the reserves, but did not get the nod. That's when I realised I needed to move on."

On his hopes for the season ahead, Trippier admitted he has a point or two to prove, adding: "It's not just Manchester City that I want to prove it to, it is everybody in the Premier League.

"I want to show people what I can do and that I can cope with the pressure. I think, more than ever, that I am ready to make the step up.

"I just cannot wait to get the season underway against Chelsea."

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