Nowadays in football, it is rare to see a 33-year-old be handed a new three-year contract, but that’s exactly what Manchester City did with Kyle Walker.

Amid doubts over the England international’s future, and strong interest from Bayern Munich, the Citizens put an end to speculation by tying the defender down to a new long-term deal.

Some eyebrows must have been raised at the fact Manchester City have committed themselves to Kyle Walker until he turns 36, but one moment from Saturday’s 3-1 win over West Ham showed why it was the correct decision…

What’s the story?

Well, the major concerns at this stage of a footballer’s career are mainly in regards to their physique – Gareth Bale even recently retired at the age of 33.

However, Walker silenced anyone who doubts his physical condition with a stunning burst of speed in the 82nd minute at the London Stadium, and really ought to have grabbed an assist for his efforts – unfortunately, Alphonse Areola saved Erling Haaland’s effort.

Remarkably, Kurt Zouma had roughly ten yards on the Manchester City No.2 after Bernardo Silva’s pass was slightly overhit.

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Walker was actually in his own half as the Frenchman prepared himself to deal with the ball, but still managed to put the burners on and nip ahead.

It would have been an impressive thing to do even in the opening stages of the game, but for Walker to still have this energy, determination and speed in the 82nd minute shows Manchester City were right to extend his deal by three years – he is clearly in top condition.

Kyle Walker is a Manchester City legend

Whatever happens this season, Walker has already secured his legacy at the Etihad Stadium.

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The Sheffield-born defender boasts 261 appearances for Manchester City, in which time he has played a crucial role as the Citizens won five Premier League titles, one UEFA Champions League, two FA Cups and four League Cups, not to mention the UEFA Super Cup and two FA Community Shield victories.

Walker has been a key member of a golden generation since arriving from Tottenham in 2017, and hopefully, he can add many more pieces of silverware to his cabinet over the next three years.

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