Manchester City made a huge splash this July when they picked up right-back Kyle Walker from Tottenham, forking over a world-record fee for a defender with a hefty £53 million price tag.
The deal, which makes Walker the most expensive defender of all time, surpasses even the £50 million price tag paid to Chelsea by Paris Saint-Germain for David Luiz just three years ago.
“It feels a bit surreal,” the former Sheffield United defender admitted. “I have been at Tottenham for so many years, but I’m excited about beginning a new chapter in my career. I can’t wait to get started. I’m thrilled to be signing for City.
“With the size of the club, we need to go on and pick up silverware, get trophies left, right and centre, and hopefully that can add to my CV because I haven’t won that many things so far in my career. Tottenham was a great club, it helped me to get me to where I am now. I’ve learned a lot, especially under Mauricio Pochettino, he’s been fantastic with me.
“But sometimes your path isn’t there and you have to move on and what a place to come and take a different path. Just win trophies – that’s all I’m about and all I want to do.”
The cost is a whopping £13 million over what City was initially expected to be hoping to hand over, but brings one of the league’s most admired attacking full-backs in hopes he’ll be as invaluable as he was during his tenure with the Spurs.