Kyle Walker wants to leave Tottenham after a row with Mauricio Pochettino, according to The Independent.
Jack Pitt-Brooke, usually reliable on all things Spurs, reports Walker sees his future away from the club with Manchester City, Manchester United and Barcelona all interested in signing him this summer.
The story suggests Pochettino has had long-running problems with Walker’s fitness and training level. Since last season, the right-back hasn’t been trusted to play in more than one match a week.
Up to now, that hasn’t been much of an issue. But Walker is believed to be unhappy after being left on the bench for big games against Chelsea and Arsenal.
The report claims Tottenham want at least £35 million for the 26-year-old — the fee could even rise to around £50 million. And Walker is sure to double his £70,000-a-week wages at one of the Manchester clubs.
Walker has become one of the best full-backs in the country, if not Europe, since Pochettino arrived at White Hart Lane. He was voted into this season’s PFA Team of the Year by his peers.
It will be a big shame to see such an important player, who has improved so much over the last couple of years, leave the club. But many Spurs fans are starting to see the value in Pochettino’s judgement.