By Danny Wright
Kyle Walker has taken to social media to issue a touching goodbye message to the Tottenham fans after he was announced as a Manchester City player on Friday.
The Citizens confirmed that they had snapped up the 27-year-old from north London for a fee which is widely reported to be worth around £50million.
Walker had become part of the furniture in the Spurs first-team after signing from Sheffield United in 2009, taking part in a major revolution which saw the club turn from perennial underachievers into Premier League title contenders.
However the England international has now thought that the time was right for him to move on, and took to his personal Instagram account on Friday to make sure that the Tottenham fans knew how he felt about his spell with the club.
“To Tottenham, my teammates and all of the amazing fans, I just want to say a huge thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you’ve done for me and all of your support over the past eight years,” he said in a series of posts which created one big picture on his Instagram feed.
“I had a brilliant time at the club and can take many special memories away with me. Thank you.”
To @spursofficial, my teammates and all of the amazing fans, I just want to say a huge thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you've done for me and all of your support over the past 8 years. I had a brilliant time at the club and can take many special memories away with me. Thank you.
Spurs have a ready-made replacement for Walker in Kieran Trippier, who ousted his team-mate from Pochettino’s first-team plans at the back end of last season.
Walker played 229 times for the Londoners across all competitions in his eight-year-long spell with Tottenham, 39 of those appearances came last season as his former side finished as runners-up in the Premier League.
In other Tottenham news, Graham Roberts has issued a stern message to the Spurs faithful following the sale of Walker.