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Kyle Walker was ‘close’ to leaving Manchester City for another team

Kyle Walker admitted that he was very close to leaving Manchester City to go to Bayern Munich this summer. He was sought after by the Bundesliga Champions, but he will be staying in the Etihad Stadium only for now.

Walker is now going to sign a contract that will bind him to the club until 2026. “It was close,” he said. “It was close, but in football, things can happen. Decisions can be made. Things can turn.

It wasn’t meant to be. Would I have enjoyed the experience? Of course, I would have done. But this club is a great club, and you can’t underestimate what this club has done in the last six or seven years.”

Kyle Walker
Kyle Walker holding a ball (Credits: Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Walker seems to like the Etihad Stadium very much

After helping his team win the last season, Walker was in the final year of his current contract, and he says the decision about his future is based on which club offered him the longest deal and the longest time on the pitch.

I would have done that. But this club is a great club, and you can’t underestimate what this club has done in the last six or seven years.”

“That is all I want. I want to play football. I love the game and want to play, whether that’s here, Germany, Italy, Spain, or in the Championship.

“I wanted to play football, so if I don’t feel that I am getting enough game time, whether that is on X amount of pounds or no pounds, I just want to play football.

“The money, I don’t care about it. You might say that’s a cliché, but I don’t care about it. I am just worried about my happiness and playing football.”

Walker kicking a ball
Walker kicking a ball (Credits: Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images)

The defender is going to sign a contract with City

Walker is going to sign a new contract at City, and if he stays for the whole three years, then it will be a decade since he joined the club from Spurs in 2017.

“The extension is coming,” he said. “I love the place. I’ve experienced things I only dreamt of here, especially the last season, so why would you want to leave a club like this?

“It was about who gave me the most years. It wasn’t like I was going to a worse club because Bayern Munich is a massive club. It wasn’t a step-down. It was just what gave me the years in my contract to play football at the highest level.

Pep Guardiola has made it clear to a lot of players that if anyone has a desire to do something or experience something else, then he won’t stop them. He will support every team member in their choices.


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