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Pep Guardiola statement tightens Man City grip on defender as ‘stalemate’ blights Bundesliga giants approach

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Reports claim Bayern Munich have yet to make a breakthrough in negotiations and are becoming frustrated over a move for Manchester City star Kyle Walker.

The 33-year-old played his part as City secured a historic treble in 2022-2023. But it appeared as though he was on his way out of the Etihad, with Bayern Munich on the case. Sport1 recently claimed that the German giants were close to securing the signature of the talented full-back.

It was reported that Pep Guardiola had left him out of the club’s pre-season plans.

However, the former Tottenham right-back did feature for the Citizens as they beat Bayern 2-1 in Tokyo on Wednesday.

And, with the Spanish tactician eager for Walker to stay, he named the England ace as captain against the Bavarians.

That seemed to make it clear to the opposition hierarchy that he is still highly valued by the blue half of Manchester.

Sport1 have now given an update on the situation. The German outlet suggest that Bayern must be ‘patient’ if they are to secure Walker’s services.

And that is because they are ‘threatened with a stalemate’ in their chase for the stopper.

The fact that both clubs are in Japan for their pre-season tour gave all parties the ideal opportunity to work on a deal.

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However, the report adds that there is yet to be a ‘breakthrough’ in negotiations for the veteran, who wants to join the club.

City still hope for Walker renewal

Walker has completed six seasons for the north-west giants. Having paid Spurs £45m for the Sheffield-born ace, Manchester City have certainly got their money’s worth.

He has made 165 Premier League appearances and 254 in all competitions. The former Aston Villa loan star has also been capped 76 times by England.

And he featured for Gareth Southgate’s side at last year’s World Cup, playing the full 90 minutes as England lost to France in the quarter-finals.

Age does not seem to have affected his displays, with the full-back still one of the quickest players around.

He has won 12 major trophies while in City’s colours and it is easy to see why Guardiola wants to keep him.

With one year left on his current contract, Walker could leave for nothing next summer.

He has been offered fresh terms by his present employers but has yet to agree to a new deal.

Both Guardiola and sporting director Txiki Begiristain have urged him to remain at the Etihad.

But should he demand a summer exit, Bayern have been told they must pay in the region of £13m.

It is unclear whether that fee is part of the sticking point.But, if Guardiola gets his way, Walker will be part of his plans as he plots a course towards a fourth straight Premier League title.

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