New Man City Signing Kyle Walker Reveals Main Motivation Behind Etihad Move

Thursday July 20th, 2017

​Kyle Walker has revealed the real reason as to why he joined Manchester City - and it's unlikely to wash well with Tottenham fans.

The England full-back completed his switch to the Etihad last week for a staggering £50m - a world record for a player in his position.

FBL-ENG-FACUP-CHELSEA-TOTTENHAM

It came after he had been linked with the Citizens for a number of months after reports of a falling out with Mauricio Pochettino surfaced towards the end of the season.

He has faced criticism, perhaps unfairly, for the amount of money involved in the deal, but for Walker, it's all about silverware. He told ​BBC Sport: "I am hoping with the world class players we have here that we will go and lift a trophy, which is what I want to do in my career.

"It is a big fee but it is nothing to do with me. I needed a new challenge. This would have been my ninth season at Tottenham. Sometimes you need to come out of your comfort zone a little bit."

The 27-year-old has flown out with his new teammates for their pre-season tour of the US, and he will take to the field for the first time in sky blue against bitter rivals Manchester United in Houston, no less.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide—from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Andy Staples, Grant Wahl, and more—delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.