Pochettino: I think we've already seen the best of Walker

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The Spurs boss believes in the full-back's quality and has backed him to succeed in Manchester, but believes he got the best out of the 27-year-old

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino believes Kyle Walker will prove to be a success at new club Manchester City but claims the right-back's best days are behind him.

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The England defender completed his transfer to the Etihad Stadium in a deal which could fetch Spurs up to £50 million, making him the most expensive English full-back in history. 

Walker ended an eight-year stay in north London to join Pep Guardiola in Manchester, and though Pochettino is sure he will succeed under the Catalan coach, he believes the deal was a good one for Spurs.

“He’s one of the best full-backs in England and Manchester City have paid a lot of money – £50 million – just like they have signed different players to try to get success in the future,” Pochettino said.

“But, for me, I think we have seen the best of Kyle with Tottenham.

“We helped him improve and learn. When you pay this type of amount for a player, it’s because he’s top and because you are at your best. Then it’s normal that he will succeed.

"It’s a big pressure because when you pay for some players, the pressure to perform as well in every game becomes greater.

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“It will be different, the pressure, for him. But there is no doubt that he is a quality player, a talented player. And there is no doubt that he will succeed with Manchester City.”

City also completed a deal for Monaco's Benjamin Mendy, a France international left-back, having released experienced full-back trio Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna at the end of last season.