Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, had to stop Kyle Walker’s plan that might hurt the supporters of the club. The City captain despite being an important squad player decided to leave the team at the end of the last campaign.
It was gathered that the England international was not happy with some decisions of the City boss, particularly being left on the bench during the Champions League final against Inter Milan.
However, in a recent interview, Walker revealed that he wanted to leave Manchester City to escape the backlash he received following the news of his secret child.
The defender planned the transfer to Bayern Munich after his wife of two years, Annie Kilner, announced they would be separating and he moved out of their £2.4million family home.
The disagreement between the two lovers was linked to a report which named the City defender as the father of influencer Lauryn Goodman’s five-month old daughter – who has not yet been named publicly.
Walker revealed that he had no intention of leaving Manchester City, but gave it a thought as a way of escaping the scandal and named Germany as his preferred location.
“Did I want to leave City? No, of course I didn’t. We’re the best team in the world at the minute. But it was a chance to get away from England and the media I was going to get,” he told The Sun
“I was aware the clock was ticking. I came very close to moving. We were having conversations. I was going to a great club, a massive club. But in the end, I couldn’t go.
“If I’m in Germany and this happens, Annie leaves and I’m now in Germany on my own. My kids wouldn’t be around the corner where I can see them. There’s pain and emotion at the moment but I can go to the house, take the kids to school, and my little lad to football.”
He admitted to speaking to Guardiola and was advised to face the challenge while in Manchester. The advice prevented the Cityzens from losing three senior players in the summer.
Walker could have followed IIkay Gündogan and Riyad Mahrez out of Manchester and their space in the squad might be too difficult to fill.