By 90Min
April 19, 2018

Manchester City defender Kyle Walker has praised his manager Pep Guardiola, claiming that he is a friend to his players as well a coach.

In an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live, the England international spoke glowingly of his boss, whose managerial prowess has seen the Citizens storm to the Premier League title this season. 

Walker said: "It's just like he's a friend. He's the manager, but he is a friend as well. If you didn't believe you were doing something wrong, or you could do this differently, he'd be quite open to you knocking on his door and having a coffee.

"He always says 'come and have a coffee with me, we'll get the computer and we'll go through it'. So, that's how it's quite open, he's very approachable. He texted me the other day because I beat him in the long drive competition in golf. Something like that I've never really had before [with a manager], where I've got a connection with someone that we can just exchange text messages."

The 28-year-old has flourished since joining the Citizens from Spurs at the start of the season, and looks set to be among the first players on Gareth Southgate's team sheet when England head to Russia for the World Cup. 

Guardiola has been vital in Walker's progression, and has also been able to get some high quality performances out of Raheem Sterling.

Continuing his day of interviews, Walker also told talkSport that he joined City to emulate two of his footballing icons: "A big reason why I signed with Manchester City was because I wanted to work with the manager of this calibre. 

"He’s worked with two of my heroes I’ve watched for numerous years now, Dani Alves and Phillip Lahm, so I wanted him to pass on that information on to me.”

Meanwhile, Arsenal are believed to have been beaten both Man City and Spurs in the race to sign Norwich City midfielder James Maddison. The highly-rated England under-21 international is set to leave Carrow Road this summer, and could set the Gunners back around £30m as they look to add fresh new talent to their side

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