Manchester City defender Kyle Walker recently revealed that he came close to joining Bayern Munich in the last transfer window but has ultimately chosen to extend his contract with the Premier League champions.
The 33-year-old England international, who joined City from Tottenham Hotspur in 2017, is set to sign a two-year contract extension, securing his future at the club beyond his current deal’s expiration in 2024. Follow your favourite Premier League team with attractive football betting odds from Nextbet.
Reflecting on the potential move to Bayern, Walker shared, “It (move to Bayern) was close but in football, things can happen. It wasn’t meant to be.”
He expressed his enthusiasm for the opportunity but also acknowledged the greatness of Manchester City, saying, “Would I have enjoyed the experience? Of course, I would, but this (City) is a great club, and you can’t underestimate what this club has done in the last six or seven years.”
Walker has been an integral part of Manchester City’s success, contributing to five Premier League titles, two FA Cups, and one Champions League triumph. His decision to stay stems from his desire to play regular football at a high level.
“Why should I walk away if I am going to get enough game time that’s right for me? That is all I want. It was about who gave me the most years,” he emphasized.
Walker’s fellow England teammate, Harry Kane, made a high-profile move to Bayern Munich from Tottenham last month for a reported Bundesliga record fee of €100 million ($108 million). Walker recognized the stature of Bayern but stressed that his decision was guided by what was right for his future.
“It wasn’t like I was going to a worse club because Bayern Munich is a massive club, and seeing what Harry is doing there and will do, it wasn’t a step down,” Walker explained.
Ultimately, Kyle Walker’s commitment to Manchester City showcases his loyalty to the club and his desire to continue contributing to its success in the years to come. Get the latest updates from the Premier League only on Nextbet Sports.