The January signing that 'sold' Newcastle United to Nick Pope ahead of £10m move
Nick Pope was confirmed as a Newcastle United player on Thursday evening, but a deal had been in the pipeline for a few weeks.
And with him was his future United teammate Kieran Trippier. Naturally, Pope was keen to glean what he could about the club he’d be walking into.
“I spent a couple of weeks with Tripps only last week,” Pope said. “I asked him a few questions and he was telling me everything about the lads in the dressing room, the atmosphere home and away, the manager and what he’s brought to the club.
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“It was something he really sold to me. He spoke incredibly highly of everything that’s going on.
“It’s great to be here. It’s a deal that has happened quite quickly but I’m pleased to get it over the line.”
Following Trippier’s arrival from Atletico Madrid in January, Newcastle had climbed out of the relegation zone and up to 11th in the table. It came at Pope and Burnley’s expense as they were relegated to the Championship.
The goalkeeper is now set to compete with Martin Dubravka for a starting spot in the Newcastle line-up next season. While he hopes to be heading to his second World Cup with England this winter, Pope insists his international duties aren’t at the front of his mind.
"It’s a little bit [of a motivator],” he told NUFC TV. “England is something that comes around in spells three or four times a year.
"For myself, I’m looking forward to hitting the ground running here, meeting the lads and getting settled in and being part of this football club.
"That’s more important to me and England is something that looks after itself if you’re performing well for your club.”
He added: “I don’t want to put a limit on [ambition]. We don’t want to settle for anything, we want to push ourselves to see what we can achieve.
"We’ve got some high quality players here, a high quality manager and a support that is unmatched. Why limit ourselves? It’s important to have that open mindness and ambition to go as far as we can.”