Kyle Walker says he was hurt by Mauricio Pochettino going public about their relationship in his book
By Matthew Treadwell
Last Updated: 22/09/18 9:32am
Kyle Walker has admitted he was hurt by Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino's decision to make public in his book discussions he thought were private.
Walker left Spurs to join Manchester City for £45m in July 2017 and has gone on to win the Premier League and Carabao Cup under Pep Guardiola.
The England defender disputes some of the details in Pochettino's book but it is the fact they were ever made public that upsets him the most.
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"I was hurt a lot by that," Walker told the Daily Mail. "He said his door was always open and I thought it was a private meeting we had. So I kept quiet but then he went and wrote about it... or his version of it.
"If he was going to do that he might as well have called a press conference and told everyone. He told one side of the story, but it's a side of a story I don't agree with.
"He said he had a witness in there, but he didn't tell the correct story, no way. Up until now I have never said my part. I have stayed quiet and showed a level of respect to Tottenham and I always will.
"The manager gave me my chance to showcase my talent. But people don't know the ins and outs of everything and it is about time I told people what happened from my side."
Walker says he feels justified in leaving for City after securing silverware under Guardiola, something he did not manage to do at Spurs.
"I have had a few people calling me a snake and stuff,' he added. "It hurts because I gave everything to that club. And everything I am now I owe to that club. So yes, it hurts when I go back there now, but I guess it's just a part of football.
He said his door was always open and I thought it was a private meeting we had. So I kept quiet but then he went and wrote about it... or his version of it.
Kyle Walker on Mauricio Pochettino
"I have justified why I wanted to come to Manchester City because I have won trophies and improved. When I first signed I wondered if I had made the right decision.
"Tottenham had finished above Manchester City two years on the bounce and were going places. But because I wasn't playing I needed to go."