Kyle Walker agrees to STAY at Manchester City and will listen to a new contract offer despite verbally agreeing to a move to join Bayern Munich.
- Kyle Walker has agreed to stay at Manchester City ahead of the new season
- The English international had already verbally agreed to his transfer to Bayern Munich
- But now he is willing to stay at City after holding talks with boss Pep Guardiola.
Kyle Walker reversed his earlier decision to join Bayern Munich and will instead continue at Manchester City for another season.
The England and City right-back was tipped for a summer switch to the Bundesliga champions after turning down a new contract offer to extend his career at Manchester.
But, after further talks with Pep Guardiola, he has been convinced to continue and will turn down a move elsewhere this summer in favor of remaining in the Premier League.
Guardiola recently asked Walker to continue his time at the club, highlighting the 33-year-old’s importance within his team.
‘Kyle (Walker) and Bernardo (Silva), what can I say?’ Guardiola told reporters. They are very important to us. We love them and we will do everything.
Kyle Walker (right) has agreed to continue at Manchester City before the new season starts.
City boss Pep Guardiola (pictured) was desperate to retain Walker amid interest from Bayern Munich.
We want him to stay because he wants to stay. We will do everything. Replacing these two would be very difficult.
Walker will now hear City’s contract proposal worth more than Bayern’s offer as he prepares to commit his immediate future to the Treble winners.
The news will be a big boost for Guardiola and City supporters ahead of the start of the new Premier League season which kicks off on Friday when newly promoted Burnley travel to the home of the champions.
Guardiola has seen key areas of his team dismantled this summer, largely due to the lure of Saudi Arabia as Riyad Mahrez moved to riches on offer in the Middle East, while Bernardo Silva is also considering a deal.
Walker has been a vital part of City’s tremendous success in recent years, which has seen the club win three straight Premier League titles and finally end their wait for a Champions League trophy.
Walker (right) will listen to a contract offer from Man City as he looks to extend his stay at the club.
He has made 255 appearances in all competitions for the club since moving from Tottenham for £54m and has established himself as one of the best full-backs in the world.
However, the veteran star was disappointed to start on the bench for City’s final Champions League clash against Inter Milan, and then concerns grew that he could move elsewhere.
Walker captained City in Sunday’s Community Shield clash against Arsenal, giving him the idea that he might possibly extend his time at the club.
However, he was unable to lead Guardiola’s side to victory as the Gunners clinched the pre-season title on penalties at Wembley.