Manchester City have confirmed the signing of Kyle Walker from Tottenham Hotspur on a five-year deal.
The 27-year-old has become the costliest defender of all time, as well as the most expensive English footballer in history, after Pep Guardiola’s side agreed to pay an initial £50m, rising up to £53m, to Premier League rivals Tottenham for the right-back’s services.
Upon signing for the Citizens, the Englishman was quoted as saying: “It feels a bit surreal. I have been at Tottenham for so many years , but I’m excited about beginning a new chapter in my career. I can’t wait to get started.
“I am thrilled to be signing for City and can’t wait to get started. Pep Guardiola is one of the most respected managers in the world and I feel he can help me take my game to a new level.
“With the size of the club, we need to go on and pick up silverware, get trophies left, right and centre, and hopefully that can add to my CV because I haven’t won that many things so far in my career.
“Tottenham was a great club, it helped me to get me to where I am now. I’ve learned a lot, especially under Mauricio Pochettino, he’s been fantastic with me But sometimes your path isn’t there and you have to move on and what a place to come and take a different path. Just win trophies – that’s all I’m about and all I want to do.”
Txiki Begiristain, the club’s Director of Football, added: “Kyle is a fine full-back, one capable of producing quality at both ends of the pitch.
“We’ve followed his progress at Tottenham and have been really impressed by how he has developed. He is now one of the best right-backs in the Premier League and justifiably an England regular. I am sure he will be a success at Manchester City this season and beyond.”
Written by Kunal Kambli
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