Kyle Walker explains decision to quit Tottenham, passes comment on 26-year-old
By Harvey Byrne
England right-back Kyle Walker has explained he decided to quit Tottenham for Manchester City earlier in the summer as he wanted to give himself something new.
The 27-year-old departed north London for Manchester in July for a huge feel £45million, which could rise to £50million through add-ons, bringing an end to an eight-year stay at Spurs.
He has since been replaced by Kieran Trippier and Serge Aurier in Mauricio Pochettino’s team, while Walker has made two appearances for City, including an outing against Everton, which saw him receive a red card.
Now, less than two months after joining, Walker has explained he wanted something new, while passing comment on Trippier, 26, stating it’s now good for him to be getting regular football.
“I thought about what I was wanting to do with my career. Tripps was a great competitor at Spurs for me, but I wanted to give myself something new,” told Walker, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News.
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“Going to City was the right step, working with the manager, him passing on some of the experience he’s gained from working with players.
“It’s good for Tripps to get regular football, and it’s good for me and, hopefully, England too.”
Walker was very much the right-back star in Tottenham’s team last season, starting all but one of all of their Premier league clash up until being dropped to the bench for Trippier against Burnley on April 1.
He then dropped in and out of the starting line-ups, including failing to start the north London derby against Arsenal alongside the final game at White Hart Lane with it clear that something was going on behind the scenes.
In other Tottenham news, Rodney Marsh has made a transfer suggestion to Spurs.