England international Kyle Walker wants to leave Tottenham Hotspur this summer, according to The Independent.
Walker is apparently seething after being dropped to the bench for Sunday’s local derby against Arsenal. That followed his omission from the starting lineup for the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea and he has decided his future lies elsewhere.
The 26-year-old joined Spurs from boyhood club Sheffield United in 2009 and has made over 200 appearances for the north London side. However, manager Mauricio Pochettino has doubts over his fitness and performances.
Pochettino doubts the defender’s ability to play two competitive games in a week and has recently selected Kieran Trippier ahead of him. Because of this, Walker believes his time at Tottenham has come to an end. This is despite signing a new contract at the start of the season.
It’s not only his desire for more regular first team football which means he wants to leave, there’s also the fact he can earn more money elsewhere. Walker earns less than £70,000 a week and knows he could get double that at another club.
Tottenham do not need to sell any players, so will be in no rush to accept an offer for Walker. However, Pochettino and chairman Daniel Levy know they could demand a transfer fee of anything between £35-50 million for him. Which would mean more money to invest in an already strong team.
If the club do decide to let Walker leave, there will be no shortage of offers. Barcelona, Manchester City and Manchester United are all reportedly keen on signing the right-back.
It’s looking likely that Walker will be plying his trade elsewhere come the start of next season.
Peter Reynolds, Pundit Arena