Guardiola trusted Walker and made him Man City skipper, but he betrayed Pep

The English defender is involved in a scandal and confessed to have hidden it from the coach.

By Alejandro Lopez Vega

He did wrong.
He did wrong.
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Last summer Kyle Walker was very close to leaving Manchester City. He was under contract until June 30, 2024 and had received a tempting offer from Bayern Munich, who needed a top-level right-back to replace Joao Cancelo and Benjamin Pavard. However, Pep Guardiola insisted the club's chiefs to make every effort to convince the player to stay. And they listened to him.

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Finally the English defender accepted an offer to extend his contract for three more years, until 2026, and stayed at Manchester City. At the time, the manager publicly praised Walker for his talent, hard work and importance to the squad. And he also made him the team's skipper, a huge honor considering there are other stars like Erling Haaland, Kevin De Bruyne, Rodri and Bernardo Silva.

However, now Kyler admitted to having betrayed Guardiola's trust. He has been embroiled for weeks in an infidelity scandal involving several women. Anni Kilner, the player's wife, is pregnant for the fourth time, but she discovered that he has a parallel relationship with Lauryn Goodman, with whom he has had two children. And reports indicate that he also had a second mistress.

In the midst of this scandal, Walker gave an interview to The Sun in which he acknowledged his mistakes and said: “I’m sorry that I have had a second child with Lauryn and hurt my best friend. It’s horrible to say that out loud. I’ve hurt someone I truly believe is my soulmate. It’s tough to not have her. I’ve let Annie and my boys down, I’ve let my mum and dad down, my nan down.”

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He wasn't honest with the coach

Kyle Walker then spoke about how this situation may affect his professional career. When asked if he told Pep Guardiola what was going on, he confessed: "He didn’t know what was happening. I didn’t want to tell him because I didn’t want him to think I wasn’t mentally there". However, he claimed that the coach gave him his support once the scandal came to light: "I can’t thank him enough for the understanding and belief he’s shown in me through four years”. And he revealed that Gareth Southgate, England coach, also sent him a message: “For your national team manager to reach out in a time of need goes beyond football.”

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