June 19, 2019 / 2:01 PM / a month ago

Walker extends Man City contract to 2024

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Premier League - Brighton & Hove Albion v Manchester City - The American Express Community Stadium, Brighton, Britain - May 12, 2019 Manchester City's Kyle Walker in action with Brighton's Alireza Jahanbakhsh REUTERS/Toby Melville

(Reuters) - Manchester City defender Kyle Walker has signed a two-year extension to his current contract which will keep him at the club until the end of the 2023-24 season, the Premier League champions announced on Wednesday.

Walker, who was signed from Tottenham Hotspur in 2017 for a reported fee of 50 million pounds ($62.97 million), has won two league titles with the club after establishing himself as manager Pep Guardiola’s first choice right back.

“I’m thrilled to have signed a new deal,” England international Walker said in a statement on City’s website. “Playing for City has been everything I’d hoped it would be and more.

“It was an easy decision. I want to be competing for trophies, playing at the highest level, and I feel I have improved hugely as a player during my time here.”

The 29-year-old made 52 appearances in the last campaign as City won an unprecedented domestic treble, taking his personal trophy haul at the club to five in two seasons.

“His strength, speed and ability have been vital to our accomplishments,” City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain said. “He’s a key member of the squad.

“His experience is invaluable, particularly to the younger members of the team, and his contribution will be crucial in our efforts for continued success.”

City kick off their Premier League title defence next season with an away trip to West Ham United on Aug. 10.

Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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