Walker had an offer to join Bayern Munich, before turning down the German giants to sign a new two year contract extension at the Etihad, taking his spell at City up to 2026.
Having previously indicated that the length of contract on offer was the main factor behind choosing to stay at City, Walker now says that he has seen a motivation from all levels of the club to win more trophies and defend the treble that they won in historic circumstances last season.
“I think that in this team there&aposs something special,” he said after confirming his extension. “Obviously, just coming back after an amazing high of last season in winning the Treble and finally getting the Champions League, which is the one trophy that we didn&apost have as a as a group and as collectively, I wanted to go and do it again.
“The lads have got that hunger again to go and achieve something really special again this season, fingers crossed. So I wanted to be a part of it and I didn&apost want to miss out on that.
Walker is one of City&aposs four captains, with a vote to take place soon to decide Ilkay Gundogan&aposs successor, and the England international has made no secret of his desire to get the armband permanently. Even if he doesn&apost get that honour, Walker says the captain group will be needed to keep standards high as City go about winning more trophies this season.
We&aposve got to demand that, us captains have got to demand that from the same squad again and the new additions,” he said. “We&aposve set the bar and each year its how do you get better? How do we get better?
“We seem to be doing that each year. We&aposve probably gone to the top of the top where, to stay there, there is only down because are we going to go and win a Treble again? Who knows? You know, we could do. But the odds say that we&aposre not going to, but we need to make sure that were there competing in the later stages in all competitions and fighting for the silverware.
“Then when you get to the later stages with the semi-finals, the finals, then you can start dreaming and having a little bit of hope. But I think one thing that we&aposve done really well here is we take one game at a time. We take one game at a time, chalk that off, get the three points and move on to the next one. We don&apost plan for the future. We plan for the present.”
Helping City is a dedicated group of backroom staff, and Walker says the squad have no excuse but to give 100 per cent in every game in search of silverware.