Despite being on the verge of joining Bayern Munich during the last transfer window, Kyle Walker, a defender for Manchester City, has chosen to remain longer with the triple champions.
With his current contract scheduled to end in 2024, the 33-year-old England international is expected to sign a two-year extension with City after joining from another Premier League team Tottenham Hotspur in 2017.
Walker has two FA Cups, five Premier League championships, and one Champions League trophy with City to his name.
The transfer to Bayern was very close, but in sports, anything may happen. Walker told British reporters that “it wasn’t meant to be.”
“Would I have liked the encounter? Sure, I would, but this is a fantastic club, City, and you cannot undervalue what this club has accomplished over the last six or seven years.
“Why should I give up if I’ll receive the appropriate amount of gaming time? I just want it. It had to do with who had given me the most years.”
For a rumored Bundesliga record cost of 100 million euros ($108 million), Walker’s England teammate Harry Kane joined Bayern from Spurs last month.
Walker said, “Seeing what Harry is doing there and will do, it wasn’t a step down. It wasn’t like I was going to a worse club because Bayern Munich is a massive club.”
“Playing for Manchester City was always my dream team, but I had to put my career and well-being first. What mattered was determining which football team granted me the years under my contract to compete at the greatest level.”