Kyle Walker: I wanted to 'escape' Manchester City over affair revelations

Manchester City's Kyle Walker celebrates at the end of the match during the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on January 26, 2024 in London, England.
Kyle Walker said that moving to Germany 'was a chance to get away from England and the media I was going to get' - Getty Images/Rob Newell

Kyle Walker has admitted he almost moved to Bayern Munich in the summer to ‘escape’ the revelations around his extra-marital affair.

The Manchester City full-back said he agreed a £15 million move to the Bundesliga club in July amid a turbulent period in his personal life.

Walker, married to wife Annie, said he has made “idiot choices and idiot decisions” over fathering a child with another woman.

The 33-year-old has issued an apology to his wife, who is expecting a fourth child with him.

He told The Sun: “I tried to escape. Did I want to leave City? No, of course I didn’t. We’re the best team in the world at the minute. But it was a chance to get away from England and the media I was going to get.

“I was aware the clock was ticking. I came very close to moving. We were having conversations. I was going to a great club, a massive club. But in the end I couldn’t go. If I’m in Germany and this happens, Annie leaves and I’m now in Germany on my own.

“My kids wouldn’t be around the corner where I can see them. 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.”

Walker thanked Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola for standing by him and said: “He didn’t know what was happening. I didn’t want to tell him because I didn’t want him to think I wasn’t mentally there.

“I can’t thank him enough for the understanding and belief he’s shown in me through four years.”

The England international, who was named captain by Gareth Southgate for a match against North Macedonia last year, said he had also received support from him.

“For your national team manager to reach out in a time of need goes beyond football,” he added.