Kyle Walker has praised Pep Guardiola’s €1m donation to help Spain’s coronavirus crisis and has discussed how Manchester City’s stars are coping with the current lockdown.
Football in the UK is currently suspended amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis and it is fast approaching a month since the Premier League champions last took to the field, with the government’s lockdown measures meaning the division’s leading stars are currently training in isolation away from their teammates.
Walker has opened up on how the Man City squad are dealing with the imposed measures and the training programmes provided by the club, whilst admitting Guardiola’s side – like many of us at home – are ‘keeping the brain active’ using popular video chat apps and group messages.
“We have jumped on HouseParty a few times and kind of got the banter going,” Walker told mancity.com.
“You have got the group chat that is always going off on some sort of madness. I think it is about mainly keeping the brain active.
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“Obviously, keeping yourselves active where, us as footballers, we have been provided with the gym equipment that Manchester City have given us and the bike and the programmes that we have carried out to make sure we are fine when we start the season, fingers crossed, again.
“It is just about keeping the brain active as well.
“It is important that you have a laugh with your mates. Obviously, we are in isolation, but we are still lucky enough to have the internet and everything like that so let’s use it to our advantage as much as we can.”
Walker also revealed how he has spoken to manager Guardiola during the current lockdown, and praised the City manager’s generosity after it was revealed the Spaniard had pledged €1 million (£920,000) to help his home country’s fight against the COVID-19 virus.
“Obviously Pep is not in the group chat! I dropped him a text message last night saying hope you are OK, and I hope the family is well and fair play for donating the amount of money that you have donated,” Walker added.
“That says a lot about him as a person. Put football aside, that has come from his heart and it is something that should definitely be recognised.”