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Kyle Walker interview: Pep Guardiola worked with two of my heroes – thats why I wanted to join Manchester City

Kyle Walker has revealed to talkSPORT one of the main reasons he joined Manchester City was so he could learn from a manager who had coached the worlds best right-backs.

The England international moved to Man City from Tottenham last summer in a £45million deal and quickly settled into his stride at his new club.

He has enjoyed a brilliant debut season at the Etihad Stadium, claiming the first silverware of his career with victory in the EFL Cup in February before wrapping up the Premier League title last weekend.

But the 27-year-old insists the opportunity to win trophies was not the only reason behind the decision to join the Blues, explaining that he jumped at the chance to play under Pep Guardiola – who worked with two of Walkers footballing heroes.

“He is very passionate and you can see that on the pitch,” the Man City star said in an EXCLUSIVE interview with the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.

“He just wants to win. It shows in his record as manager that he likes winning and he likes to do it in style as well.

“A big reason why I signed with Manchester City was because I wanted to work with the manager of this calibre.

“Hes worked with two of my heroes Ive watched for numerous years now, Dani Alves and Philipp Lahm, so I wanted him to pass on that information on to me.”
Manchester City boss Guardiola worked with Dani Alves at Barcelona and Philipp Lahm at Bayern Munich

Guardiola is reportedly set to be handed a new contract by Man City bosses after the clubs Premier League success this season, and Walker is keen for the manager to remain at the club for the long-haul.

“I want him to stay,” the full-back added.

“Im fully enjoying working with him and Im sure all the lads are as well.”

One honour the Citizens are still waiting for is the Champions League. City chiefs are said to be desperate to be crowned champions of Europe and brought in Guardiola last summer for that specific purpose, with the Spaniard winning it twice with Barcelona.

The Blues suffered heartbreak in the competition this season as they were dumped out at the quarter-final stage by Liverpool, but Walker is confident European titles are just around the corner.

“We probably do need to get a Champions League, but it is very difficult because its the best competition in the world,” he said.

“For us to be competing with those other top clubs we need to be on our A-game constantly.

“After the Liverpool game we were all frustrated in the dressing room. With the quality we have, we thought we could have gone all the way.

“But fair play to Liverpool, they played fantastically and beat us in both games. We needed to play a perfect game after losing 3-0 at Anfield, but it was one of those nights.

“It was a disappointment, but every cloud has a silver lining and after that we went on to clinch the Premier League title.”

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