Thursday, 20 July 2017


England ideal back Kyle Walker has said he joined Manchester City from Tottenham Hotspur to win trophies, with the North London side here and there without the edge to get over the line.

Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs have verged on securing their first best division class title since 1961 yet could just complete in the best three amid the last two seasons. They are yet to win a noteworthy trophy since the League Cup triumph in 2008.

"I am trusting with the world-class players we have here that we will go and lift a trophy, which is the thing that I need to do in my profession," Walker told the BBC.

"I was sad at Tottenham. We made it so close in the last two seasons, it was quite recently that occasionally we were unfortunate. Some of the time we simply didn't have that tiny bit of edge.

"I required another test. This would have been my ninth season at Tottenham. Once in a while you have to leave your usual range of familiarity a tiny bit."

Walker, who was marked by City for £50 million, as per British media reports, said he was eager to work with previous Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola.

"The administrator was a major thing for me (coming to City). I needed to come and play under him," the 27-year-old included.

"He's worked with Dani Alves and all the best players at Barcelona, in addition to (Philipp) Lahm at Bayern Munich, that was a major fascination for me."

Walker is set to confront his previous colleagues on July 29 when City meet Spurs in a pre-season neighborly in Nashville.

City, who completed third in the Premier League last season, visit newcomers Brighton and Hove Albion in the opening round of the new campaign

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