Pep Guardiola has made his opinion known following the demand that Kyle Walker should be removed as Manchester City captain after it was reported that the City defender fathered a second child with model Lauryn Goodman.
Walker who has owned up to his action and described his extra-marital affairs as a regrettable mistake seeks forgiveness from his wife Annie Kilner whom he has three children and is expecting a fourth.
Despite the public apology, talkSPORT presenter Shebahn Aherne wants him removed as captain. “What does Pep do? Does he give him the captaincy again? He’s not a good leader, he’s not a good example, he’s a poster boy,” the presenter said.
However, speaking ahead of the Premier League champions clash with Burley on Wednesday, the City boss insists he will not axe Kyle Walker as captain.
Guardiola said he was not ready to discuss Walker’s personal issues with the media. But made it clear that the Englishman would remain the City captain because the team had voted for him to be their leader.
When asked if Walker would keep the armband, Guardiola said: “Absolutely, because it’s a decision for the team and not mine. I will not talk about personal issues. I support him and his family.”
With 43 points from 20 games, City are second in the Premier League, five points off leaders Liverpool and have a game in hand. They will hope to continue their recent incredible form when they welcome former captain Vincent Kompany and his boys to the Etihad Stadium.
Pep Guardiola’s men have won their last seven games across competitions, a run that saw them clinch the FIFA Club World Cup in December. Therefore, a win against Burley will improve their chance of winning the league title for the fourth consecutive time.