Manchester City full-back Kyle Walker has been speaking about how close he came to signing for Bayern Munich, but suggested that he is now set to sign a new contract at the club.
Walker has remained a City player, after a lot of speculation about him this summer.
The 33-year-old was said to have been upset at not being selected to start the Champions League final against Inter.
For weeks, he was linked with a move to Bayern Munich and it was reported that he actually agreed personal terms with the German giants.
But Walker made a U-turn, with City desperate to keep hold of him.
Walker has now spoken about his situation – and it’s good news for City fans…
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Kyle Walker says he will sign a contract extension at Manchester City
Walker has started every game so far for City this season, and worn the captain’s armband too in the absence of the injured Kevin De Bruyne.
It is clear he is still a hugely important player at the Etihad.
And Walker feels the importance from the manager and the fans.
He said (MEN Sport): “The extension is coming. It’s my seventh season here and I feel like one of the old ones – there’s me, Kevin [De Bruyne], John [Stones], Bernardo [Silva] and [Ederson] from the first couple of seasons when Pep came in.
“I love the place, I’ve experienced things I only dreamt of here – especially the last season – so why would you want to leave a club like this. It was about who gave me the most years, it wasn’t like I was going to a worse club because Bayern Munich is a massive club and seeing what Harry [Kane] is doing there and will do, it wasn’t a step down it was just what gave me the years in my contract to play football at the highest level.
“In the back of my head I always wanted to play for Man City. But I had to do what was right for me and my future and that was just whichever club gave me the most years. I still think I’ve got a lot of life in the legs and I want to continue playing football.”
On potentially joining Bayern, Walker added: “It was close but in football things can happen. Decisions can be made. Things can turn.”
Huge boost for City to keep Kyle Walker
It is interesting to hear Walker speak about his proposed move to Bayern and how close it actually was.
Clearly the £160,000-a-week star felt that staying at City is more beneficial to him.
And so far this season, Walker has played every single minute for City – including the Community Shield and UEFA Super Cup.
He’s a majorly important player, and hopefully we will soon receive word of him signing that extension.