It’s fair to say that Kyle Walker is among the very best full-backs in the Premier League right now.
The right-back – who joined Manchester City from Tottenham over the summer for an eye-watering £45million – is key figure in Pep Guardiola’s side this season, notching three assists in his opening eight appearances for the club.
But it’s not all been plain-sailing for the man with 30 caps for England.
The defender has had to work extremely hard to get to where he is today, as he explains in an emotional video shared on his official Twitter account.
In the video, Walker claims he came very close to quitting the game as a teenager when he was with Sheffield United, only for his mum to encourage him to continue on.
And his perseverance paid off, as he landed a scholarship when the Blades won promotion to the Premier League.
He said: “I don’t think if they had stayed in the Championship, I’d have got one, because they had a bigger budget to give to scholarships at that age.
“They gave 13 out and I was lucky enough to get one.
“If I did pack it in, and didn’t take the advice of my mum by giving it one shot, I really don’t know what I would be doing.”
But it gets better.
One follower responded to the video, explaining that his 15-year-old son was going through the same thing and was having doubts about his future in the game.
Brilliantly, Walker responded to the tweet, replying: “Tell him to believe in himself, work hard and don’t give up.
“Happy to speak to him on the phone if that would be helpful? Let me know!”
Check out the Twitter thread below for the full exchange. It’s pretty great.
Superb gesture, Kyle.
It’s so refreshing to see professional footballers reaching out to their fans.