It has been reported that Kyle Walker has informed Bayern Munich that he has decided to stay at Manchester City.
This comes from journalist Christian Falk, after it was revealed on Tuesday that the 33-year-old is likely to sign a contract renewal at City.
Now, it seems like Kyle Walker has told Bayern Munich indefinitely that he now has no intention of leaving Manchester City.
Christian Falk: Kyle Walker tells Bayern Munich that he desires Manchester City stay
Branded as ‘exceptional’ by Paul Lake, the England international looked dead set to sign for the German juggernaut next season.
In fact, around two weeks ago, Pep Guardiola himself admitted that he was ‘pretty sure’ that the Bundesliga giants would get a deal over the line for the veteran this summer.
But a U-turn seems to have occurred in the case of Kyle Walker and his future at Manchester City as he has informed Bayern that he intends to continue making history with his current club.
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Considering how close the ex-Tottenham Hotspur right-back seemed to a move to Thomas Tuchel’s side, this may be one of the biggest shocks of the ongoing summer transfer window.
Keeping Kyle Walker could makes the Sky Blues huge favourites for Champions League glory
With Kyle Walker now looking to close the Bayern chapter once and for all, Manchester City could well be set for a repeat of last season in terms of winning the Champions League.
Of course, Europe’s elite competition is a fine-margins tournament and other than Real Madrid, no club has followed their initial triumph up by repeating the feat once again.
But keeping Walker ensures that the treble-winners have a full-back who almost seems guaranteed to quieten any winger in world football, which is a massive bonus, considering many of the favourites possess their biggest threats out wide.
While Manuel Akanji and John Stones would likely have performed adeptly in the Englishman’s absence, his potential stay in terms of his elite 1v1 defending, invaluable experience and incredible pedigree gives the Premier League champions a bigger edge over the rest than when he looked likely to leave.