Tottenham’s Andre Villas-Boas: Kyle Walker deal shows our intent
Andre Villas-Boas believes Tottenham Hotspur have made a statement of intent by tying Kyle Walker down to a new six-year deal
Andre Villas-Boas believes Tottenham Hotspur have made a statement of intent by securing Kyle Walker’s long-term future.
The 23-year-old penned a new six-year deal with the north London side on Monday which will see the right-back remain at White Hart Lane until 2019.
Walker has been ever-present in Villas-Boas’s side since the 35-year manager succeeded Harry Redknapp in the Tottenham hot seat in June 2012.
And the Spurs boss praised Walker for proving his commitment to Tottenham, whilst he stressed the importance of retaining their key players.
“I think so [a statement of intent]. Not only for the club but also the player – his commitment to the club is important to praise.
“He sees that we are making good steps ahead in terms of the facilities that we have and the investment that we’ve made which is a motivation to stay here.
“It falls both way; The club is showing intent and the player showing interest in staying on.”
Villas-Boas also revealed Walker’s great affection for the north London side which has continued to grow since his move from Sheffield United in 2009.
“It’s extremely important for us because he’s a player that we have a lot of faith in,” Villas-Boas said.
“He’s done extremely well for the club. He’s a player that can generate interest from other teams so it was important for us to give him motivation because the player loves to play for Tottenham.
“It was great, great news for us to achieve that extension.”
Walker was voted the Professional Footballers’ Association young player of the year for 2012 and has made 112 appearances for Spurs in four seasons.