Pep Guardiola insists he doesn’t need to be reminded Kyle Walker He relinquished his responsibilities this week after allegations of his off-field behavior.
Manchester City And England Right-back Walker is being investigated by the police for allegedly exposing himself at a bar.
City manager Guardiola has spoken to the 32-year-old player about the issue but doesn’t think he should clarify what he should and shouldn’t do.
“I don’t need to remind him,” Guardiola said at a press conference. “We are adults. I am not (his) father, I am a friend of his.
“I didn’t say to you, ‘Oh, you have to act that way’. Come on, he’s an adult and that’s it.”
Guardiola did not specifically comment on the alleged two-day co-occurrence after City. Premier League victory over Newcastle last Saturday.
It rose to prominence after a newspaper published security footage from the Wilmslow bar on Wednesday.
“(This) is a private matter. We resolved it amongst ourselves by talking to him. Of course, this is not the place to discuss private matters,” Guardiola said.
Walker’s representatives declined to comment, but it appears the player has disputed the allegations and reported for training as normal this week.
Guardiola has confirmed that Walker could be selected for Saturday’s Champions League match at Crystal Palace.
“Yeah, he’s training well,” he said.
Guardiola feels that his actors should assume that they are constantly being watched and potentially filmed in public places.
He said: “Everyone knows that the only place I think you’re safe is inside the house, lock the door. The moment you unlock the door, you’re exposed.
“It’s completely different from 15 or 20 years ago. It was completely different then for players or managers.
“It just hasn’t happened recently. Players know this. We must adapt to reality. There are cameras and phones everywhere.
“Today we are exposed to everything 24 hours a day. We’d rather not live this way, but that’s what it is.
“Everyone knows – our job, the media attention, everyone’s career – no more private life outside of your home.”
Guardiola acknowledges that living in such conditions can be difficult and thinks he and the club should be wary of players in this regard.
He said: “In personal matters, anyone can count on me, anyone. That’s the important thing.
“Of course not just with Kyle, but with everyone else, I’m there, the club is always there. Everyone should feel it.
“I like to feel like when we’re inside, they can count on us in our good and bad times.”