Kyle Walker has revealed the reasons for choosing to remain at Manchester City despite transfer interest from Bayern Munich.
The 33-year-old signed a new Manchester City contract last week, agreeing a fresh deal until 2026, following a series of showdown talks with manager Pep Guardiola regarding his future.
Walker’s new contract came amidst notable interest from Bayern Munich in signing the right-back during the summer transfer window, as reports from Germany suggested that the Englishman was preparing to move to the Allianz Arena.
The defender featured against Bayern Munich during a pre-season friendly, and opted to remain at the Etihad Stadium, where the defender has guaranteed his immediate future, by penning a new contract until 2026.
Walker is one of five Manchester City players named as part of the squad’s new leadership group, with the England international set to captain the treble-winners following the departure of Ilkay Gundogan in the summer.
Kevin De Bruyne, Ruben Dias, Rodri and Bernardo Silva have also been voted into the group, with Pep Guardiola recently holding a captaincy election at the City Football Academy.
Walker has enjoyed an impressive start to the new season, and scored his first England goal during a win over Ukraine earlier this month.
The 33-year-old helped Manchester City to the treble last season, and has won 15 trophies since moving to the Etihad Stadium from Tottenham in 2017.
After rejecting the chance to move to the Bundesliga, the right-back has revealed why he chose to remain at Manchester City and sign a new contract with the Blues.
“Why should I want to leave? It was about the years, I’m 33 now. I didn’t really want to sign another year to have this conversation in a year,” revealed the England international.
“I’m settled and you’re seeing the performances that it’s not on the back of my mind. I wanted to stay for this club as long as possible.
“Why should I leave a club with three Premier League’s in a row, the treble. If I leave I don’t score the winning penalty in the Super Cup.
“I feel great. The recovery takes a bit longer and I’m spending longer in the ice bath. It’s doing things personally to be fit and ready to continue to be in the team.”
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