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Kyle Walker signs for Manchester City in world-record £53m deal for a defender

• Transfer from Tottenham eclipses 2014 fee PSG paid for Chelsea’s David Luiz
• The 27-year-old becomes most expensive English player of all time

Kyle Walker is now the world’s most expensive defender after Manchester City completed a deal with Tottenham worth an initial £50m rising to £53m for the England right back. With the add-ons the transfer eclipses the £50m Paris St-Germain paid for Chelsea’s David Luiz in 2014 and also ensures Walker has become the costliest English player of all time.

“It feels a bit surreal,” the former Sheffield United defender admitted. “I have been at Tottenham for so many years , but I’m excited about beginning a new chapter in my career. I can’t wait to get started. I’m thrilled to be signing for City.” Txiki Begiristain, City’s director of football, added: “Kyle is a fine full-back, one capable of producing quality at both ends of the pitch. We’ve followed his progress at Tottenham and have been really impressed by how he has developed. He is now one of the best right-backs in the Premier League and justifiably an England regular. I am sure he will be a success at Manchester City this season and beyond.”

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