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Kyle Walker responds to retirement talk after Premier League triumph

Published: Updated: 07:59, 22 May 2024
Even at 33, the English defender still looks in peak condition and form

Manchester City full-back Kyle Walker has dismissed retirement rumors after another successful season at the Etihad Stadium. The 33-year-old veteran recently celebrated his 300th appearance for the club, marking it with a historic fourth consecutive Premier League title.

Walker's recent milestone was not just about appearances; he also captained the club to this historic victory, lifting his 17th trophy at the Etihad Stadium. Since moving from Tottenham to East Manchester in 2017, Walker has become a six-time Premier League winner. His latest triumph came last Sunday when a decisive 3-1 win over West Ham United secured an eighth league title for Manchester City.

This season could see even more silverware added to Manchester City's trophy cabinet. They are set to face rivals Manchester United in the Emirates FA Cup Final this weekend at Wembley Stadium. Pep Guardiola’s side is already celebrating victories in UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup alongside their Premier League success.

Walker shows no signs of slowing down

Walker has been instrumental in these achievements, featuring in 44 matches for the Sky Blues this season alone. He assumed captaincy duties at the start of this campaign after turning down an offer from Bayern Munich last summer.

Despite being one of the oldest members of Man City’s first-team squad, Walker played in almost every game. He penned a new contract with Man City until 2026 last September – an impressive commitment considering his age.

The right-back is also preparing for international duty as he is set to be named in England squad in Germany for this summer's European Championships.

Transfer talks still around Walker’s future for summer

While committed to playing at top-level football as long as possible, Walker may face fresh transfer offers come summer time. Fellow senior squad members Kevin De Bruyne and goalkeeper Ederson are also expected to receive approaches from the Saudi Pro League next month.

Kyle Walker, Manchester City captain, said:

“I feel young. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. I feel young, I feel great, I still have my pace,”

“I come to training every day wanting to learn. Once that goes then it is probably time to pack up but this group of lads keeps you on your toes. They keep on you to keep improving every day.”

Kyle Walker's career at Manchester City is a testament to his skill, dedication, and resilience. His contributions have been pivotal in the club's success, and despite his age, he continues to perform at an elite level. As sports fans and sports betting enthusiasts alike watch on with anticipation, one thing is clear: Walker’s journey is far from over.

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