England star rebukes Love Islander's Sheffield Wednesday question and makes surprise Leeds United comment

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There’s never been any doubting the football loyalties of Manchester City defender Kyle Walker.

The Sheffield-born speedster, who is expected to play an important role for England at the forthcoming European Championships, is a dyed-in-the-wool Blade, having come through the ranks at Bramall Lane before setting off to make an elite career for himself at Tottenham Hotspur in 2009.

Walker returned to Sheffield United on loan in the 2009/10 season before securing first team regular status at Spurs, eventually moving to City in 2017 in an eye-watering £50m deal. His list of honours includes a Champions League and six Premier League titles across his 301 City appearances.

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Asked of his boyhood and which club he grew up supporting on his own podcast; ‘You’ll Never Beat Kyle Walker’, the 34-year-old told former Love Island contestant and co-host Chris Hughes: “Sheffield United. It was never going to be Sheffield Wednesday, no. Impossible. My dad’s a Leeds fan though.

“I’ve never played at Hillsborough. I’d rather not,” he joked. “I’d rather not go there. Leave it. City got them in the cup, I’m sure we did, away at Hillsborough. But I didn’t play. That wasn’t for any reason, by the way, the manager just didn’t play me.”

Unitedites have for some time hoped Walker will make a return to Bramall Lane. While his career at The Etihad has shown no sign of stopping just yet, it’s a possibility he has repeatedly claimed he would be interested in.

“I’ve always said, as long as my legs are are going and I still feel that I can contribute at a certain level, then I want to contribute,” Walker said last month when discussing his future beyond the Etihad.

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“I don’t want to drop down too low because, no disrespect, but I feel the lower it gets, I think it gets harder. Certain things that you have the luxury of at City, whether facilities, nutrition, this, that or the other. But I’d like to finish at Sheffield United. That’s something that I would actually like to do.”