Kyle Walker has suggested Manchester City’s Premier League title win has justified his decision to leave Tottenham, but the defender hopes his former club wins the FA Cup this season.
After reportedly falling out with Mauricio Pochettino towards the end of last season, Walker joined City for a then-record fee for a defender in the summer.
The right-back has already won the EFL Cup and the Premier League under Pep Guardiola – he didn’t win a single trophy during his time with Spurs.
And Walker has suggested he made the right decision by leaving the Londoners.
“You always ask is the grass greener on the other side, and it looks it this way,” he said (via the Telegraph). “We need to continue. We can’t just stop at one Premier League title if we go on and do that.
“It needs to be a number of years before we can be regarded as one of the top teams ever to have played in the league. We have the youth in the squad, and the hunger to go on and do big things.”
Tottenham will have the chance to win their first trophy since the League Cup success of 2008 if they get past Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-finals this weekend.
Walker made it clear his former teammates deserve silverware.
“They’ve got Manchester United in the semi-finals of the FA Cup, which is a big trophy for them,” he said. “So, please God, they go and win it because their lads deserve it. Every single one of them works hard every day. Not just the lads but the coaching staff as well.
“For them to do that when it was a season when they were getting a lot of ifs and buts about Wembley would be very good for them.”
Last week, Pochettino reiterated there is no bad blood between the club and Walker, and the player’s comments only emphasise that.
There will be a hint of irony if Spurs finally win a trophy following Walker’s exit, but I’m sure he is quite happy where he is.