Kyle Walker has won four Premier League titles with Manchester City in the past five years

Manchester City’s Kyle Walker opens up on Pep Guardiola’s high coaching standards

‘If you’re discovered in training, you’re not playing the game’: Kyle Walker opens up on his motivation to push for ANOTHER title defense under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City… while also targeting an England spot at the This winter’s World Cup in Qatar

  • Kyle Walker won four Premier League titles at Manchester City
  • Along with Joao Cancelo, Walker will be a key back for City next season
  • He is targeting an England spot for this winter’s World Cup in Qatar

Kyle Walker is ready to fight for his place at Manchester City if Pep Guardiola strengthens his defense this summer.

It seems likely that Oleksandr Zinchenko will be replaced at left-back, a position the club have been short of for years, with Brighton’s Marc Cucurella hoping for a move north.

Guardiola said he was happy with the current options he has but a new left-back would cap off a positive transfer window which has strengthened City’s squad.

Kyle Walker has won four Premier League titles with Manchester City in the past five years

Walker will be watching these developments with interest from the opposite flank, with a new signing providing an opportunity for Joao Cancelo to switch to his natural right side and compete with Walker.

“You can’t have a day off here,” said the 32-year-old. “If you have a day off, you are discovered. If you are discovered in training, you don’t play the game.

“I feel fantastic, if you told me at 21 that I would still be playing Premier League football at 32 – at the level I play – I would probably have said no. Was I living a little differently than I am now? One million percent.

Man City boss Pep Guardiola is looking to bring in Marc Cucurella to add depth at the back

Man City boss Pep Guardiola is looking to bring in Marc Cucurella to add depth at the back

“I’m taking care of myself as best I can. I feel healthy and fit, I always feel quick and lively. I always want to learn. Competition has made me better, made me better. adapt and probably study the game a bit more.

Regardless of the new faces, Walker and Cancelo will start another title defense as Guardiola’s favorite full-backs.

The fact that Cancelo took the No.7 shirt from Raheem Sterling indicates what is expected of the pair, the Portuguese spent City’s first pre-season friendly against Club and first in a role as quarterback at the home of the NFL’s Houston Texans.

Walker stays slightly wider, using his physique. Those who know him predict that he could continue playing for another five years. He also continues to evolve tactically, crediting Guardiola with the ability to operate in a back three.

Joao Cancelo will join Walker as City's first-choice full-back ahead of next season

Joao Cancelo will join Walker as City’s first-choice full-back ahead of next season

“We could all play Premier League football, but it’s the (extra) 10% that makes the difference between being a good Premier League player and a world-class player,” Walker said. ‘

I think it’s mental – keeping your head on the game. You train (only) an hour and a half a day. Dedicate yourself.’

Walker also faces competition internationally. With a World Cup on the horizon, he is battling for a spot in the team with Trent Alexander-Arnold, Reece James, Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker-Peters. But it would be a surprise if he’s not on the plane to Qatar.

Not so long ago he spent a year in international exile, wondering if he would ever see the England shirt again. His return, in September 2020, ended in a red card against Iceland, and the outlook was bleak.

Walker hopes to earn a place with England for the Qatar World Cup this winter

Walker hopes to earn a place with England for the Qatar World Cup this winter

“I will try to continue as long as possible,” he said. “I did an interview after Iceland, my 49th cap, basically writing myself off. I came back, I went through the interview and I said, “I can’t act like that”.

“When I’m ready to say I’m done, I’ll say I’m done. I’m not letting anyone else take me out, I’m going to let someone decide where you’re going to have to pick me.” If I’m in the team, fantastic, to represent your country at a World Cup, not many people can say they’ve done that.”

“I will keep playing and hopefully I’m on the plane to Qatar. After every tournament you assess what you can do. There are people biting my heels.

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