Kyle Walker is not interested in leaving Manchester City in the upcoming transfer window amidst interest from Aston Villa.
According to the Daily Star, Kyle Walker wants to stay at Manchester City despite the interest from multiple clubs in acquiring his services, including Aston Villa. The 32-year-old might no longer be an automatic starter in Pep Guardiola’s team. But he is willing to fight for his spot.
Walker joined City back in the summer of 2017 from Tottenham Hotspur. The 32-year-old went from strength to strength after joining Guardiola’s team. He became an integral part of their setup and helped them win numerous titles.
However, things have not been that great of late. The England international has fallen down the pecking order and is no longer a guaranteed starter in Guardiola’s system. The Manchester City manager prefers a more flexible and fluid defensive unit. As a result, Walker has been forced to sit out on occasions in the ongoing season.
But, he still is an important asset for the Citizens. The veteran, currently on a £150,000-a-week deal, has featured in 28 matches in the current campaign and also has an assist to his name. The 32-year-old’s contract at the club runs until the summer of 2024. With just over a year left in his contract, numerous clubs from across Europe were keen on having him in their ranks.
Unai Emery wants to land the City defender at Aston Villa. Emery has done wonders since taking charge of the English club. He has transformed them into a winning machine and wants to add a new defender into his ranks ahead of next season as he looks to take the next step.
Villa were keen on signing the Manchester City full-back. However, the player is not interested in leaving Manchester City in the summer. He is willing to fight for his spot. And, Walker is ready to run down his contract at the Etihad.
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Moreover, there are not many clubs who will be willing to match his £150,000-a-week wages even if they are ready to pay around £25 million to sign him in the summer. With the 32-year-old all set to run down his contract at the club, signing him as a free agent in the summer of 2024 seems to be a more sensible option.
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