Walker's Bombshell: I almost left Man City for Bayern amid baby scandal

Kyle Walker says he almost left Man City || Imago

Walker's Bombshell: I almost left Man City for Bayern amid baby scandal

Stephen Oladehinde 17:50 - 29.01.2024

In a candid revelation, Manchester City's star defender Kyle Walker opened up about his near-transfer to Bayern Munich, a move driven by personal turmoil rather than professional aspirations.

Walker's decision stemmed from a desire to escape the intense media scrutiny in England following a personal scandal.

The Tipping Point

Kyle Walker's contemplation of leaving Manchester City, a club he deems "the best team in the world at the minute," was not a decision made lightly. It was fueled by the prospect of distancing himself from the relentless media attention in England. 

He admitted, as reported by the Sun, "I tried to escape...It was a chance to get away from England and the media I was going to get." 

This admission reflects the immense pressure faced by athletes in the public eye, where their personal lives often become as scrutinized as their professional performances.

Kyle Walker of Man City || Imago
Kyle Walker of Man City || Imago

The Almost Move to Bayern Munich

Walker's almost-transition to Bayern Munich was not just about joining a massive club but was more about seeking a haven from the brewing personal storm. The proposed £15 million move saw Walker nearly following in the footsteps of Harry Kane to the German champions. 

His statement, "I came very close to moving. We were having conversations. I was going to a great club, a massive club. 

Kyle Walker, the Manchester City defender | Credit: IMAGO
Kyle Walker, the Manchester City defender | Credit: IMAGO

But in the end, I couldn’t go," highlights the complexity of decisions where personal life intersects with a professional career.

Family Over Football

Ultimately, it was the proximity to his family that anchored Walker to England. Despite the media circus and personal challenges, the thought of being away from his kids and dealing with the familial situation from afar outweighed the allure of Bayern Munich. 

His emphasis on being present for his children and managing his personal life firsthand played a pivotal role in his decision to stay. 

"There’s pain and emotion at the moment, but I can go to the house, take the kids to school, and my little lad to football," he explained, shedding light on the often unseen personal struggles of top athletes.

Walker's story is a poignant reminder of the human side of football stars, whose lives off the pitch can sometimes overshadow their professional achievements. 

His decision to stay at Manchester City, despite the tempting offer from Bayern Munich, underscores the value he places on family and personal well-being over career moves.