Fringe Manchester City full-back commits to Pep despite big interest

Kyle Walker of Manchester City (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
Kyle Walker of Manchester City (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images) /

Manchester City hosts a plethora of world-class talents and chasing the treble this season, you wouldn’t expect that any of the players are discontent. That’s except the players who struggle to get into the starting eleven, of which there aren’t that many given Pep Guardiola’s consistent need to rotate the starting eleven.

One player who’s missed out on minutes this season is Kyle Walker. Once being a regular for the Etihad Stadium outfit, he’s fallen out of favour as Guardiola has stuck with his closely-implemented defensive system which has worked well this season.

Walker has lost a yard of pace with age, but he wants to see out the remaining year on his Etihad Stadium contract. According to the Daily Star, interested clubs AC Milan and Aston Villa are set to be disappointed since City have no reason to sell Walker, and he’s happy to remain a squad player for next season.

Not really a surprise, is it? Why would a player want to compete for success at a family club with the right morals, when they could live on a comfortable paycheck without having to do anything? Anyway, I digress.

Walker will be a free agent next summer, which could make him an attractive option to a few clubs. Although, he may have to take a pay cut since not every club can afford Manchester City’s wage budget.

An interesting perspective which the Star has pointed out is that Kyle Walker’s first love Sheffield United has returned to the Premier League, after guaranteeing promotion. Depending on how well the Blades do in the upcoming season and if they can stay up (which I think they can), then Walker might like to finish his career where he started. That move would certainly benefit all parties.

Where can you see Kyle Walker playing after his Manchester City era?