Manchester City full-back Kyle Walker has signed a new two-year contract extension at the Etihad Stadium until the summer of 2026.
The 33-year-old defender has agreed a new deal following intense speculation surrounding his future over the course of the most recent summer transfer window, specifically concerning interest from Bayern Munich.
Walker held crunch personal talks with Pep Guardiola in-person, as the City manager attempted to persuade the veteran full-back to remain at the Etihad Stadium, after the club had already lost senior duo Ilkay Gundogan and Riyad Mahrez previously in the window.
The Englishman has won a staggering total of 15 trophies, including five Premier League titles and the UEFA Champions League crown, since signing for Manchester City from Tottenham in the summer of 2017.
Kyle Walker, who scored his first senior goal for the England men’s national team against Ukraine last weekend, is the latest Manchester City star to agree new terms following on from Bernardo Silva, Rico Lewis and Nathan Ake.
The full-backs previous Manchester City contract was due to expire next summer, however the defender has now penned a new deal until 2026, all-but putting to rest speculation linking him with an exit from the club.
What are the terms of Kyle Walker’s new agreement?
Kyle Walker’s previous contract was due to expire next summer.
As such, his new two-year contract extension keeps him at the Etihad Stadium until the summer of 2026, when Walker himself will turn 36-years-old.
What has Kyle Walker said upon signing a new Manchester City contract?
Kyle Walker told ManCity.com, “I’m thrilled to sign a new deal. My future is with Manchester City and that is the best thing for me. I’ve enjoyed every single moment of the past six years at this fantastic Club.
“I have an amazing coach, great team-mates and staff and our fans are the best. I feel supported on every single level. The treble-winning season is one I will never forget and we’re ready to go again and try to win more trophies.
“I am delighted to continue at a Club that competes for trophies every year and I can’t wait to see what the next few years bring.”
What has Txiki Begiristain said about Kyle Walker’s new contract?
Director of Football, Txiki Begiristain told ManCity.com, “We are very happy that Kyle will be here until 2026. He is an outstanding footballer and his speed, strength and experience make him such an important member of our squad.
“For me, he is the best right-back in the world, a player with a unique set of attributes. He brings a very special dynamic to our team. Kyle has been a huge part of our recent success, and we are confident that he will help us compete for trophies in the upcoming seasons.”
What was speculated over the summer transfer window?
Kyle Walker was heavily linked with a move to Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich over the summer transfer window, with some quarters understanding that the German club were hoping to strike a deal while the two clubs were on pre-season in Asia.
Bayern Munich made a last ditch effort to persuade Walker to make a second u-turn, after he had initially agreed personal terms with Allianz Arena officials, when they made an enquiry during the closing stages of the summer transfer window.
Kyle Walker himself has previously admitted that a deal was close, as he told the media in recent weeks, “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.
“I was contracted to Manchester City (during pre-season), so what do you want me to do? Say I am not playing because I want to force a move to Bayern? That is not me as a person. I had an obligation to play.”
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