Manchester City right-back Kyle Walker will sign a new three-year contract at the Etihad Stadium this week.
In an interview with the BBC, the 33-year-old veteran admitted he was close to joining Bayern Munich this summer before deciding to stay at City after receiving assurances from Pep Guardiola that he will remain as the club’s first-choice right-back.
Kyle Walker set to stay at Man City until 2026
“Decisions can be made, things can turn,” said Walker. “It was close but in football, things can happen. It wasn’t meant to be”.
The England international was reportedly considering his future at the club after being left out of the starting line-up for the Champions League final in June.
Bundesliga champions offered Walker a tempting package before City later put forward what is understood to be a two-year extension on his current contract.
Walker has been at City since his $55m move from Tottenham Hotspur in 2017 and says confirmation over his contract renewal will be announced imminently.
“The extension is coming. It’s my seventh season here and I feel like one of the old ones.”
Walker has captained the club for three of City’s four Premier League matches so far this season. With a permanent club captain yet to be announced following the departure of Ilkay Gundogan, the full-back is keen to take on the captaincy full-time with the City squad set to hold a vote on the matter this week.
“The vote hasn’t been yet. They like to do it after the transfer window is closed. It is an honor of privilege, of course, I want it” said Walker.