Kyle Walker has signed a two-year contract extension at Manchester City, the Premier League champions have announced.
The England right-back, who joined City in a £45million switch from Tottenham in 2017, is now committed to the club until 2024.
Walker, 29, has made 100 appearances for City in all competitions and won the Premier League in both of his seasons at the club. He has also won two League Cups and the FA Cup.
“I’m thrilled to have signed a new deal,” Walker told the club’s website, www.mancity.com. “Playing for City has been everything I’d hoped it would be and more.
“It was an easy decision. I want to be competing for trophies, playing at the highest level, and I feel I have improved hugely as a player during my time here.
“The club’s vision – both on and off the pitch – matches mine perfectly and I’m looking forward to spending the next five years here, hopefully winning more silverware.”
Walker was one of five major new arrivals in the summer of 2017 as manager Pep Guardiola reshaped his squad.
News of his renewal comes amid speculation the club are looking to bring in additional cover in the right-back position, with Joao Cancelo of Juventus linked.
Director of football Txiki Begiristain added: “We are delighted to have Kyle here for a further two years.
“His strength, speed and ability have been vital to our accomplishments. He is a key member of the squad.
“His experience is invaluable, particularly to the younger members of the team, and his contribution will be crucial in our efforts for continued success.”
The deal is City’s first major piece of player business this summer.
They are also expected to strengthen their defensive midfield resources. Rodri, of Atletico Madrid, is being heavily linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium.
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Mesut Ozil has been urged to replicate Dennis Bergkamp’s consistency and fire Arsenal back into the top four by Gunners’ Invincible Ray Parlour.
Ozil’s future in north London remains uncertain, with Arsenal chiefs willing to listen to offers for the 30-year-old in a bid to slash their wage bill and free up transfer funds for manager Unai Emery.
Ozil has two years to run on his current deal but it is unlikely another top-level European club will be prepared to match his reported £350,000-a-week salary.
“If Mesut is going to play a part in getting Arsenal back in the top four, then the club should keep him,” Parlour told Press Association Sport. “But he has got to work hard.
“I played with Dennis Bergkamp and he very rarely had a poor game – you always knew what you would get out of him – and that is what Mesut needs to do, too.
“The best players are consistent and I want to see that from Mesut. He is a quality player but he goes in and out of games, and it could be argued that he goes missing in the big matches. That is when you need your top men to perform.
“He should have that in his locker. He has won the World Cup and starred for massive clubs. He just needs to show that desire to play for his team-mates and show more energy.”
Emery might have just £45 million at his disposal this summer after Arsenal finished outside of the Champions League places and then failed to qualify via the Europa League after losing against Chelsea in the final.
Arsenal made Ozil the highest earner in the club’s history only last year and Parlour, who won three Premier League titles with the Gunners, says the former Germany international will call the shots over his future.
“The investment is going to be very important for Arsenal if they want to get back into the top four,” added Parlour, 46, who was speaking at the McDonald’s & FA Fun football Festival at Ryan FC.
“Mesut is the one who is on big wages that they might need to free up. It is a massive decision for the club.
“But players hold all the power these days and not every player wants to leave. If they are on a good contract it is very hard to get a player out and that could be hard for Arsenal if they want to move Mesut on.
“Arsenal will do the best for Arsenal football Club, but Ozil has got two years on his contract and if he doesn’t want to go anywhere the club will have to pay him for those two years. That will be the key as to whether he stays or goes.”
:: Ray Parlour was speaking at the McDonald’s & FA Fun football Festival at Ryan FC. These festivals are taking place across the UK this summer, giving thousands of children the chance to enjoy the game. Find your nearest festival at www.mcdonalds.co.uk/funfootball.
On Monday UEFA issued a statement confirming 78 per cent of tickets at Besiktas’ 38,000-capacity Vodafone Park would be made available to fans of both clubs and the general public.
Less than 24 hours later Liverpool confirmed their allocation as 5,257 for the match in Turkey, although they noted confirmed ticket numbers may change slightly.
Both clubs had ticketing issues for their respective recent finals, with Liverpool given just 16,600 of the 64,000 tickets available for their Champions League victory over Tottenham at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid earlier this month.
Chelsea were given 5,800 tickets for the other all-Premier League clash against Arsenal in the Europa League final in Baku, although travel issues meant demand was nowhere near as great.
Super Cup tickets, now on sale on, range in price from £45 to £135.