Kyle walker became the world's most expensive defender when he joined Man City
The England right-back, who fell out with the Spurs manager towards the end of last season, claims working with City boss Pep Guardiola will take his game to a new level.
And the 27-year-old also believes the move to the Etihad will improve his chances of winning silverware – despite Tottenham finishing above City in the Premier League for the last two seasons.
After completing a medical and signing a five-year deal worth £130,000 a week – double his wages at Spurs – Walker said: “What a manager to work under! Pep Guardiola is one of the most respected managers in the world and I feel he can help me take my game to a new level.
“I’m excited, a little bit nervous but it’s the next chapter in my career where I can go on and learn. I’m at a good age now where I’m at the peak of my career and I feel there’s a lot more to come.
“I haven’t had a deep conversation with him [Guardiola] yet but he has been positive and says that I’m going to fit into his style of play really well. The main thing we’ve both said is winning trophies. It’s a massive club, a great team and we need to go on and win things.
Pep Guardiola is one of the most respected managers in the world
New Man City star Kyle Walker
“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 in my career
“Tottenham is a great club and helped me get to where I am now, especially under the current manager, but sometimes your path’s not there and you have to move on. What a place to take a different path.”
Pochettino, for his part, is understood to have been happy to sanction the sale of Walker following the deterioration of their relationship after his promotion of Kieran Trippier as his first choice right back towards the end of last season.
Ironically, Trippier was released as a youngster by City who sold him to Burnley before his switch to White Hart Lane.
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But Guardiola made no secret that Walker’s ability to attack and defend makes him the perfect fit for his vacant right-back slot.
Walker, who has won 27 England caps, said: “Attacking is a big part of my game. I’m a defender first and foremost but if I can give something going forward it’s going to give a positive to the team, an extra edge and hopefully we can bring teams down.”
Walker, who will replace Pablo Zabaleta following his retirement at the end of last season, said: “I watched Zabaleta countless times on YouTube because his timing of runs into the box was fantastic and it’s something to get to my game. With my pace, if I can time my runs as well I don’t think anyone can stop me.
“I’m all about assists, I’m not really greedy, I don’t want to score. As long as I set people up and they get the goals that’s all I care about.”
The deal was held up because City’s initially refused to match Spurs’ £50m valuation – which was £10m more than they wanted to pay.
Mauricio Pochettino and Kyle Walker fell out towards the end of the season
But after Dani Alves stunned Guardiola by joining Paris Saint-Germain, City wasted no time thrashing out a compromise £45m down payment with the potential for £5m in add-ons should City win the Premier League and Champions League.
Walker has become Guardiola’s third signing of the summer following the arrivals of Monaco midfielder Bernardo Silva and Benfica goalkeeper Ederson Moraes and has taken their spending to more than £120m. Monaco’s £35m-rated left back Benjamin Mendy is likely to follow.
City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain emphasised that Walker’s all-round game was what appealed to Guardiola. “Kyle is a fine full-back, one capable of producing quality at both ends of the pitch.
“We’ve followed his progress at Tottenham and have been really impressed by how he has developed. He is now one of the best right-backs in the Premier League and justifiably an England regular.
“I’m sure he will be a success at Manchester City this season and beyond.”