Kyle Walker: I Joined Manchester City To Start Winning Trophies

Kyle Walker: I Joined Manchester City To Start Winning Trophies
Jul 20, 2017

Manchester City News

Kyle Walker, who recently became the world’s most expensive defender when completing a £50m move to Manchester City, has said his switch from Tottenham was due to his motivation to win trophies.

The 27-year-old excelled under Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham, nailing down a place as England’s first choice right-back alongside former teammate Danny Rose, who also became the first choice in a Three Lions shirt at left-back.

However, Pep Guardiola’s interest was enough to turn Walker’s head and he finds himself on the verge of making his Manchester City debut against the one and only Manchester United. With Pep Guardiola’s spending spree set to hit the £300m mark, according to some reporters, the Spaniard will be eyeing to obtain some silverware next season and that mentality has been passed onto Walker, who says the motivation behind his move to the Citizens was the thought of winning trophies.

Speaking to the BBC, the fullback revealed: “I needed a new challenge. This would have been my ninth season at Tottenham. Sometimes you need to come out of your comfort zone. It was an opportunity I could not turn down.”

“His [Guardiola] name says it all. He worked with Dani Alves and all the top players at Barcelona, plus Philipp Lahm at Bayern Munich.”

“I know, with the players we’ve got and the manager we’ve got, that we need to start picking up silverware. That is why I came here. At Tottenham, we were a bit unfortunate, we made it so close in the last two seasons, it was just that sometimes we were unlucky.

“Sometimes we just didn’t have that edge but I am hoping, with the world-class players we have here, we will have that edge and lift a trophy, which is what I want to do in my career.”

There are conflicting reports over the Englishman’s price and if he is indeed the world’s most expensive defender, however, it hasn’t stopped Walker from receiving heavy criticism due to the price tag put on his head, but he insists the fee will not affect him in the slightest:  “It’s a big fee but it is nothing to do with me. I just have to play the play the game I have played in the last two seasons under Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham.”

“That is what has got me to where I am now. I don’t need to change anything, I just need to add to it and build on it, and build on it in the right way.”

 

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