Kyle Walker considers quitting Manchester City for Saudi Arabia amidst complicated love life

Kyle Walker considers quitting Manchester City for Saudi Arabia amidst complicated love life

Mark Kinyanjui 21:34 - 04.05.2024

Walker has had issues in his love life in recent months, which could affect his next career move.

Reports have emerged suggesting that Manchester City defender Kyle Walker is contemplating leaving the Premier League for a move to Saudi Arabia at the end of the season. 

The decision reportedly stems from well-documented issues in his personal life, notably concerning his relationship with social media influencer Lauryn Goodman, with whom he shares two children while still married to his wife Annie Kilner.

According to The Sun, Walker's personal struggles have prompted him to consider his future options, with a potential move to the Middle East on the cards. 

The City star had previously been linked with a move to Bayern Munich last year but opted to extend his contract with the reigning Premier League and European champions until 2026.

Recent developments in Walker's personal life include the birth of his fourth son, Rezon, with his wife Annie Kilner. 

However, amidst media scrutiny surrounding his relationship, Walker has reportedly been in discussions with former teammate Riyad Mahrez about the possibility of relocating to Saudi Arabia.

Mahrez, who joined Saudi Pro League side Al Ahli last year, has been providing insight into life in the nation to Walker and his family. 

Despite initial reservations, Mahrez's wife Taylor Ward found comfort in discovering familiar amenities such as Nandos in the country.

Should Walker decide to depart for Saudi Arabia, he would become one of the highest-profile England players to join the league, which has been actively attracting top talent with lucrative salaries. 

Jordan Henderson notably made a similar move last year before returning to Europe with Ajax in January.

Despite his personal considerations, Walker is said to be content at Manchester City, where he continues to play a pivotal role in their pursuit of a fourth consecutive Premier League title. 

Additionally, he is expected to feature prominently for England in the upcoming European Championship campaign.

Reflecting on his past mistakes, Walker acknowledged his wrongdoing in an interview with The Sun earlier this year, expressing remorse for the pain caused to his wife. 

However, as speculation mounts about his future, Walker remains focused on weighing all available options once the current season concludes.

For Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, Walker's potential departure would represent a significant loss, considering his instrumental role since joining from Tottenham Hotspur in 2017. 

Throughout his career, Walker has amassed an impressive collection of trophies, solidifying his status as one of England's most decorated players.