Darren Bent admits he is baffled by Kieran Trippier’s claims about wanting to meet with Daniel Levy over his future while at Tottenham.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Football Insider, the former Spurs and England hitman says that he is happy the right-back has chosen to lift the lid on his departure from north London this summer but that he does not understand the desire to speak to the chairman about his place in the side.

Trippier has come out with the revelation that he spoke with Mauricio Pochettino and Levy about rumours regarding his future at the club but that he “didn’t really get an answer” from the Spurs chief.

Bent says that while it is good the England international has come out and cleared up the speculation regarding his exit from the club, he does not understand the defender’s desire to speak to Levy when it should have been Pochettino’s decision.

Bent told Football Insider: “If he’s genuine in what he’s saying then I don’t think anyone can criticise him for it. He’s said he’s gone to see the manager, Pochettino’s said he can’t guarantee him the minutes he wanted to play, so that’s fair enough.

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“He has then tried to go see the chairman about it – I’m not sure why he’d go see the chairman because it’s obviously the manager’s decision – but he’s said he wants to go see Daniel Levy, he didn’t really want to give him the time to speak to him. 

“Fair play to him, he’s said he’ll go and ply his trade at Atletico Madrid, one of the big boys of European football. I remember him dropping a comment before – now we know what he’s on about.” 

Trippier played 114 times for Spurs after joining from Burnley, establishing himself as a mainstay for both club and country during his time in north London.

He has started every one of Atletico Madrid’s three La Liga fixtures this season, helping his new side to a perfect start and two clean sheets.

In other Tottenham news, Bent has told Football Insider that he believes there is a “genuine” problem with one Spurs star currently “not up to scratch”.