Manchester City player Kyle Walker has opened up on his relationship with former manager Maurico Pochettino and how he left Tottenham as he spoke with Mail
‘Maurico was fantastic for me,’ Walker said. ‘I was young, needed to improve and he improved me.
‘He taught me to look after myself, eat right and rest. I will never forget how much he did.’ He said
But Pochettino had accused the defender of being disrespectful by asking to leave the club, a claim the defender has denied.
‘He told me I wasn’t in his plans,’ said Walker.“I was hurt a lot by that,” he said.
Walker was also angry that the coach revealed details of their private meeting to the public, and he wasn’t pleased with what he read.
“He said his door was always open and I thought it was a private meeting we had. So I kept quiet but then he went and wrote about it… or his version of it.
“If he was going to do that he might as well have called a press conference and told everyone. He told one side of the story, but it’s a side of a story I don’t agree with.
“He said he had a witness in there, but he didn’t tell the correct story, no way. Up until now I have never said my part. I have stayed quiet and showed a level of respect to Tottenham and I always will.
“The manager gave me my chance to showcase my talent. But people don’t know the ins and outs of everything and it is about time I told people what happened from my side.”
‘I have had a few people calling me a snake and stuff,’ he said. ‘It hurts because I gave everything to that club. And everything I am now I owe to that club. So yes, it hurts when I go back there now, but I guess it’s just a part of football.
Walker has proven himself without doubt as he has won a Premier League title and League Cup with City and was also part of the England team that fought their way to the semi-final in Russia
‘I have justified why I wanted to come to Manchester City because I have won trophies and improved. When I first signed I wondered if I had made the right decision.
‘Tottenham had finished above Manchester City two years on the bounce and were going places. But because I wasn’t playing I needed to go.
‘So I am happy now and happy back in the north. I am my mum’s only child and she missed me down south.
‘It’s not the main reason to be here but this was an opportunity to head back north, get my hunger back and to discover something different. I did want to prove I could do this somewhere else. I think I have done that.’