Sheffield United manager Paul Heckingbottom has been talking about Kyle Walker in the days leading up to tomorrow’s match between Manchester City and the Blades at Bramall Lane.
After triumphs over Burnley and Newcastle United, City is aiming to make it three straight wins.
A Sheffield United team that has lost its opening two games stands in the way of three points.
And with City, who won the Triple Crown last season, heading to town, things don’t get any simpler for the Blades.
One of the stories that is told before the game is about Walker.
Walker naturally began his professional life at Bramall Lane.
Additionally, manager Heckingbottom acknowledged that he would like to work with him.
Paul Heckingbottom desires that Kyle Walker join Sheffield United.
Walker was in fact briefly rumored to be returning to Sheffield United earlier this summer.
Walker then appeared to be on his way to Bayern Munich.
However, the 33-year-old has remained, and there has been discussion about the full-back’s prospective contract extension.
Heckingbottom responded directly when asked if a move for Walker was ever realistic (Sheffield Star): “No, some of the names you’ve been throwing at me this summer have made me laugh.”
Walker won’t be signing with Heckingbottom this summer, that much is certain.
The Englishman wanted to collaborate with Walker in the future, but he was unable to hide it.
He added: “One hundred percent. I’d be interested to see how fit he looks and what he thinks about the game now. The clubs he has been at and how he has learned. I’m just interested in how long he wants to go on for at the top.”
Walker won’t be leaving City this summer, which is good news. However, a fantastical return to Sheffield United is still conceivable.
He is still at the peak of his game, and Pep Guardiola clearly values him because he has been giving him the captain’s armband frequently lately. On a recent episode of Monday Night Football, Gary Neville praised him as “unbelievable.”
Walker might return to Sheffield United in a few years, at the earliest.
In a few years, there is probably a good probability that it will occur.
But it is plainly different whether Heckingbottom is still in charge.