Friday 18 October 2019

Kyle Walker hits out at Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino after revelations in his book

Mauricio Pochettino and Kyle Walker
Mauricio Pochettino and Kyle Walker
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Kyle Walker has hit out at Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino after he revealed details of his request to leave the club in a book.

Full-back Walker asked to leave Spurs to join Manchester City before the end of the 2016/17 season, with the player disappointed his former manager went public with details of their discussions.

"I was hurt a lot by that," Walker told the Daily Mail. "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 added. "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.

"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."

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