Manchester City defender Kyle Walker has hit back at supporters after recent criticism about the England international.
The 33-year-old signed a new deal at the Etihad Stadium until 2026 in September, ending intense speculation surrounding a potential move to Bayern Munich during the summer transfer window.
Walker, who has been at Manchester City since 2017, was also voted onto the club’s leadership group, as the Englishman succeeded Ilkay Gundogan as club captain after the midfielder’s move to Barcelona on a free transfer.
The right-back has started 24 matches for Manchester City this season, with the 33-year-old just seven games away from equalling his tally of starts for the Blues last season.
Pep Guardiola’s side are currently competing at the FIFA Club World Cup, but have been in dismal form in the Premier League, winning just one of their last six matches.
Manchester City’s Premier League title defence has stalled as a result, with the Sky Blues falling to fourth in the table and five points behind league leaders Arsenal.
The Blues have conceded 30 goals already during the campaign, and threw away a 2-0 lead at home to Crystal Palace last weekend – dropping points for a seventh time this season.
Amid a poor run of results, Walker has come under scrutiny from Manchester City fans, but the 33-year-old skipper has bullishly hit back at recent critics.
“I’ve got a mum and dad that care about me, and when their son is getting hammered, do you know what I mean? I just feel that in football, you’ve got short memories,” said Walker.
“I get scrutinised, but it gives me fire to keep going. I’ve had a lot of criticism from the fans about being captain, and [how results] are all my fault.
“But we’re a team, in a team game. If I wanted to play a solo sport I’d play tennis or golf.
“I feel that being the most experienced, or one of the most experienced players, and the Man City captain, I’m going to have to take that burden [and] just carry it on my shoulders.”
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