According to reports in the Evening Standard, Tottenham and England defender Kyle Walker has held talks with manager Mauricio Pochettino over his future as links to the Etihad grow in stature.
The 26-year-old defender signed a new three-year deal at White Hart Lane back in February this year, but it is believed he sought clarification over Spurs’ future plans due to Manchester City’s interest.
With Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta both over 30-years-old, City boss Pep Guardiola is fully expected to recruit a new right-back over the summer and Walker is at the top of his list.
The report claims that Walker – despite his new £70,000-per-week extension – is aware of interest from elsewhere, and could be willing to move to a rival side if the right financial demands are met.
Meanwhile, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has insisted that his team will return a stronger outfit next season after losing their FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal in extra-time on Sunday.
This season looks set to be the first time that Guardiola will have a trophy-less season after his side’s FA Cup exit at Wembley, with City currently eleven points behind leaders Chelsea with six left to play.
Nacho Monreal cancelled out Sergio Aguero’s second-half effort before Alexis Sanchez struck in extra-time to destroy Manchester City hopes of regaining the trophy they last won back in 2011.
Speaking to the Manchester Evening News post-match, Guardiola said:
“We will improve next season – we will be stronger. We don’t want to have to wait for the mistake, wait for the post. Always, for the rest of my life, I will try to do it better.
“We made a good performance. We played like a final. We did absolutely everything. We arrived here and we competed, we created more chances.
“The post, the finishing, it was like what was happening all season. The team doesn’t need to do a lot of things.”
The Citizens now only have Champions League qualification to aim for this season, and face a critical encounter with fierce rivals Manchester United on Thursday in the race for the top four.
Reports in The Sun yesterday, however, suggest that Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero is a huge doubt for Thursday’s derby after limping off the Wembley field on Sunday.
Despite scoring, and looking like City’s most potent outlet, the Argentine was replaced by Fabian Delph in extra-time and looked in some discomfort leaving the pitch.
This comes as a huge blow for Guardiola ahead of one of the biggest games of City’s season, with Gabriel Jesus not expected to be fully fit enough to replace Aguero in the starting line-up.
Aguero joins Spaniard talisman David Silva – who was forced into leaving the pitch after picking up a first-half injury – as another key member of the City team that’s ruled out for Thursday’s clash.
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