Kyle Walker is offering “no indication at all” on where his club future lies, although the Tottenham right-back insists ongoing transfer speculation will not distract him on England duty.
After eight years with the north Londoners, the 27-year-old full-back – named in this season’s PFA Team of the Year – could soon be leaving for pastures new.
Manchester City have been strongly linked with a summer move for Walker, who reportedly wants to leave Spurs after falling out with manager Mauricio Pochettino over game-time and fitness.
Manchester United, Chelsea and even Barcelona are also said to be interested in a player whose full focus now is on international matters, having linked up with England ahead of Saturday’s crunch World Cup qualifier in Scotland.
“Not at all,” Walker said when asked if the speculation was a distraction.
“I mean, you know coming away from club football kind of gives you a little bit of head space.
“I am an England player now and I am fully focused on a massive game on Saturday. We need to go and get the three points.”
Asked whether he could give an indication on where he would be next season, the right-back told Sky Sports with a laugh: “No, no indication at all.”
Pochettino preferred Kieran Trippier for some big matches towards the end of the season, including the north London derby against Arsenal and FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea.
Impressive displays on such occasions have led to a first senior England call-up for Trippier, meaning he now stands in Walker’s way at international level as well.
“I think it has pushed us both on as players, most definitely,” Walker said of the competition at club level with Trippier.
“We get the best out of each other and, even if Tripps plays or I play, we’ve said privately to each other that we will each other on.
“I don’t ever say a bad word or wish bad on him because it’s more about the team rather than individual performances.
“We’re putting on our England shirt now and whoever gets the nod I am sure the other one will be fully behind it.
“I’ve known Tripps since under-19s. We had a tournament with England in Ukraine. I played centre-half and he played right-back, I do believe. You know, it was a friendly rivalry and we got on.
“We get along well, we’re two northern boys down south so we bounce off each other like that and we get along really well.”