Kyle Walker has admitted he almost moved to Bayern Munich in the summer to ‘escape’ the revelations around his extra-marital affair.
The Manchester City full-back said he agreed a £15 million move to the Bundesliga club in July amid a turbulent period in his personal life.
Walker, married to wife Annie, said he has made “idiot choices and idiot decisions” over fathering a child with another woman.
The 33-year-old has issued an apology to his wife, who is expecting a fourth child with him.
He told The Sun: “I tried to escape. Did I want to leave City? No, of course I didn’t. We’re the best team in the world at the minute. But it was a chance to get away from England and the media I was going to get.
“I was aware the clock was ticking. I came very close to moving. We were having conversations. I was going to a great club, a massive club. But in the end I couldn’t go. If I’m in Germany and this happens, Annie leaves and I’m now in Germany on my own.
“My kids wouldn’t be around the corner where I can see them. There’s pain and emotion at the moment but I can go to the house, take the kids to school, and my little lad to football.”
Walker thanked Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola for standing by him and said: “He didn’t know what was happening. I didn’t want to tell him because I didn’t want him to think I wasn’t mentally there.
“I can’t thank him enough for the understanding and belief he’s shown in me through four years.”
The England international, who was named captain by Gareth Southgate for a match against North Macedonia last year, said he had also received support from him.
“For your national team manager to reach out in a time of need goes beyond football,” he added.