Kyle Walker discusses new Man City deal as Pep Guardiola backs up Juanma Lillo point after Fulham win

Walker new deal

Kyle Walker nearly left Manchester City this summer but now hopes to captain the club after agreeing a new three-year deal.

England defender Walker won his fifth Premier League last year as well as the FA Cup and Champions League to add to his list of many achievements since joining from Tottenham in 2017. However, he was also left out of the team at various points in the season – most notably for the Champions League final, where he gave a passionate address to his teammates beforehand – as Pep Guardiola preferred other options.

Bayern Munich offered Walker a fresh challenge in the summer and, speaking for the first time about it, the 33-year-old admitted he came close to joining the Bundesliga champions. When the teams met in Tokyo in July for a friendly, there was confidence from Germany that Walker would switch.

See what Walker had to say here.

Guardiola speech

Pep Guardiola made a point of congratulating Manchester City players immediately after their 5-1 win over Fulham despite not being at the Etihad Stadium.

Guardiola is resting up in Barcelona after back surgery that has caused him to miss the last two Premier League games, with assistant Juanma Lillo taking charge. His absence has not halted the progress of the team, who have 12 points from 12 to top the table in the early stage of the season.