Kyle Walker has extended his deal with Manchester City until 2026.
The 33-year-old was linked with a move to Bayern Munich this summer after falling out of favor last spring and being left out of the starting lineup for the Champions League final in June.
Walker had entered the final year of his current contract, but the England international chose to stay, rejecting down the chance to become one of Bayern’s highest paid on a contract until 2025 with an option for another year.
“I’m overjoyed to have signed a new contract.”
“My future is with Manchester City, and that is the best thing for me,” Walker stated.
“I’ve loved every minute of my six years at this fantastic club.”
“I’ll never forget the treble-winning season, and we’re ready to go again and try to win more trophies.”
“We have to demand it.” We’ve set the standard, and each year the question is, “How do you get better?” How can we improve? That seems to be something we do every year.
“We’ve probably reached the pinnacle of the pinnacle, where there is only down, because are we going to win a treble again?” Who can say? We could do it, you know.
“The odds say we won’t, but we need to be there competing in the later stages of all competitions and fighting for the silverware.”
“But I think one thing we’ve done really well here is take each game one at a time.” We don’t make any plans for the future. We plan for the future, which begins on Saturday against West Ham.
“I am delighted to continue at a club that competes for trophies every year.”
“I can’t wait to see what the next few years bring.”
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Txiki Begiristain, director of football, praised a man he considers to be the best right-back in the world.
“He is an outstanding footballer, and his speed, strength, and experience make him such an important member of our squad,” he explained.
“In my opinion, he is the best right-back in the world, a player with a unique set of characteristics.” He adds a unique dynamic to our squad.
“Kyle has been a huge part of our recent success, and we are confident that he will help us compete for trophies in the upcoming seasons.”
Bayern Munich were said to be in advanced talks to sign Walker in June, but Walker choose to stay at the Etihad and negotiate an extension to his current contract.
Walker was unable to play in Guardiola’s system, which saw John Stones transfer from defense to midfield at a time when the England international had lost his spot in the team, according to Guardiola in April.
“He cannot do it,” Guardiola remarked of Walker. “He’ll always have speed; Kyle, at 60, will be the fastest player in this room.” To play inside, you need to have educated movements – he lacks all of these qualities.”
Walker, who joined City for £50 million from Tottenham in 2017, has won five Premier League crowns, two FA Cups, four League Cups, and the Champions League in his six years at the club.