‘He couldn’t speak highly enough of him’: Bournemouth boss Jason Tindall reveals he consulted close pal Kieran Trippier ahead of taking Rodrigo Riquelme on loan from Atletico Madrid
- Bournemouth competed the loan signing of Rodrigo Riquelme on Thursday
- 20-year-old Spanish winger arrives for the season from Atletico Madrid
- Cherries boss Jason Tindall asked Atletico’s Kieran Trippier for his advice
- Trippier gave his friend a glowing reference about Riquelme and deal was done
- Bournemouth went top of the Championship with 3-1 win at Coventry on Friday
Bournemouth manager Jason Tindall revealed he consulted his ‘close friend’ Kieran Trippier before signing Rodrigo Riquelme on loan from Atletico Madrid.
The 20-year-old winger signed for the season this week to become Bournemouth’s first acquisition since their relegation from the Premier League.
And Tindall gained an insight into the youngster’s character and abilities by speaking to England international Trippier, a team-mate of Riquelme at Atletico.
Bournemouth completed the loan signing of Rodrigo Riquelme from Atletico Madrid this week
Bournemouth boss Jason Tindall sought advice from his friend Kieran Trippier on Riquelme
England international Trippier gave Tindall the thumbs up and the deal was completed
Tindall was assistant manager to Eddie Howe at Burnley when Trippier was a player there in 2011 and 2012.
‘I am close friends with Kieran Trippier and so I spoke to him quite a few times when we liked him [Riquelme] and wanted to sign him,’ Tindall said after Bournemouth’s 3-1 win over Coventry on Friday night.
‘He couldn’t speak highly enough of him.’
Riquelme played twice for Diego Simeone’s first team last season after making the step up from Atletico’s B side.
Tindall with Riquelme on the training ground this week after he joined from Atletico Madrid
The winger will hope to make his debut for the Cherries following the international break
But the decision was taken to loan him out and Riquelme had been training with fellow Championship club Reading before Bournemouth swooped.
The Cherries, who have started their Championship season with three wins and a draw from four matches, have the option to make the move permanent next summer.
Riquelme wasn’t in the Bournemouth squad for Friday night’s game at St Andrew’s but should make his debut after the international break.
Bournemouth jumped to the top of the Championship after an inspired display at Coventry
Tindall added: ‘When you see tonight the quality of the attacking players we had missing.
‘David Brooks was only 30 per cent fit due to his illness. Arnie Danjuma, Josh King and Junior Stanislas to name a few and RR [Riquelme] himself, I think it could be exciting times to come.’
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