Kyle Walker signs new deal until June 2026 at Manchester City.
Man City defender Kyle Walker has revealed he was “close” to joining Bayern Munich in the summer but is now set to sign a new contract at Etihad.
The Cityzens right-back was on the radar of Bundesliga giants during the close season. He had uncertainty over his future at the Etihad Stadium.
Kyle Walker has entered into the final year of the contract. The 33-year-old was left out of the starting line-up for the Champions League final in June. Bayern pushed to get him on board at Munich.
Kyle Walker signs new deal until June 2026 at Manchester City — set to be announced soon 🔵✍🏻 #MCFC
“Bayern? Decisions can be made, things can turn. It was close yes, but in football things can happen. It wasn’t meant to be”, told BBC. pic.twitter.com/vAryglu7fF
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City later offering what is understood to be a two-year extension, Walker opted to stay put. He said, “It was close but in football things can happen. Decisions can be made, things can turn. It wasn’t meant to be.
“Would I have enjoyed the experience? Of course I would, but this is a great club and you can’t underestimate what this club has done in the last six or seven years.
“Why should I walk away if I am going to get enough game time that’s right for me? That is all I want.
“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.
To some surprise at the time, Walker not only started for Pep Guardiola’s side but took the captain’s armband.
He said: “I am a Manchester city player. I am contracted to them so what do you want me to do? Turn round and say ‘I am not playing because I want to force a move to Bayern Munich’?
Walker joined Man City from Tottenham in 2017, says confirmation of the new deal that would commit him to City was imminent. He is also keen to take on the City captaincy full-time.
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