Kieran Trippier could be heading back to the Premier League 4 months ago

Kieran Trippier could be heading back to the Premier League

He's only been in Spain for a season

Aston Villa are keen to sign Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid, according to The Telegraph.

Villa boss Dean Smith wants to improve his defensive options after his team's backline had the second worst defensive record last season, shipping 67 goals in the Premier League.

Trippier joined Atletico just a year ago after four years at Tottenham Hotspur, with his final game for Spurs coming in the Champions League final at Atletico's home ground.

By moving to Spain, Trippier hoped to put a disappointing year behind him and play his way back into Gareth Southgate's England squad. But with the development of Trent Alexander-Arnold and the Kyle Walker not slowing down just yet, that dream seems unlikely to happen.

At the age of 29, the right-back has a few good years left in his legs and his experience at the top level would be a welcome addition to a relatively young defence. But Atletico are unlikely to give away one of their most creative players cheaply.

With no natural winger on the right side, Trippier is a key part of Diego Simeone's offensive plans, with his pinpoint crossing a key weapon.