What did Neal Maupay say to Kyle Walker? Brentford striker courts controversy AGAIN in a heated spat with Man City star who’s just split from his wife over infidelities – and Pep Guardiola won’t comment
- Neal Maupay was at the heart of controversy after Brentford’s defeat to Man City
- The Bees striker has been involved in a heated argument with City’s Kyle Walker
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Neal Maupay was again at the center of controversy on Monday night after he got into a heated argument with Manchester City captain Kyle Walker.
Seven days after the furore surrounding the Brentford striker’s darts goal celebration at Tottenham, he left Walker fuming with a comment towards the end of City’s 3-1 win.
The England international was calmed down by Pep Guardiola after the two exchanged words and the City boss refused to discuss the incident afterwards.
Thomas Frank, Brentford boss, was also not forthcoming and did not speak to Maupay about the row.
“No, I saw them talking to each other,” Frank said. “It’s not my first focus after a game we lost.”
Brentford striker Neal Maupay (centre) was again at the heart of controversy after he was seen in a verbal spat with Man City captain Kyle Walker (second from left) on Monday night.
Walker was clearly upset by something Maupay said as he led his side to a 3-1 win
Maupay was also seen exchanging words with Man City goalkeeper Ederson during the match
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The City captain separated from his wife Annie Kilner (30) last month after fathering a second child with Lauryn Goodman.
Kilner announced that she would be ‘taking some time away from Kyle’ after 13 years together in light of his infidelities.
Maupay angered Tottenham midfielder James Maddison after he mimicked the England star’s arrow celebration in north London last Wednesday.
The Bees striker cheekily celebrated his 15th-minute goal by copying Maddison’s famous dart-throwing routine in front of the Tottenham fans, with Brentford team-mate Ivan Toney following suit.
Phil Foden inspired City to victory on Monday night which took them within two points of leaders Liverpool with a game in hand – against the Bees in a fortnight.
Guardiola has claimed Foden is Kevin De Bruyne’s natural heir as the academy product continues to influence games and now has 14 goals in all competitions this term.
“There is room to take over from Kevin and Bernardo (Silva) in the future,” Guardiola said.
‘It’s experience, the experience he gets. And then he will lead. Now he is led.
‘Phil is having the most influential season in the team in terms of goals and assists. He is like a knife. I’ve only seen a few like that.
‘He will set his own limits. If he focuses he will have a long and successful career. But it depends on him. If he can focus then he can achieve what he wants.
The striker was also involved in an altercation with Tottenham’s James Maddison in midweek
Maupay and teammate Ivan Toney mockingly imitated Maddison’s famous darts celebration
Walker recently praised the ‘incredible’ Guardiola for being so ‘understandable’ and also revealed how England manager Gareth Southgate reached out to offer his support last week.
The defender also admitted he was tempted to ‘escape’ the UK to Bayern Munich in a £15m deal, but decided against the move in a bid to stay close to his children.
Speaking of Guardiola’s support, Walker said The sun: ‘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 there mentally.
‘I cannot thank him enough for the understanding and faith he has shown in me over four years.
Walker has endured a difficult period off the field of late following his split with wife Annie Kilner
The City captain praised ‘amazing’ Pep Guardiola for being so ‘understandable’
‘I tried to escape. Did I want to leave City? No, of course I didn’t. We are the best team in the world right now. 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 had conversations. I was on my way to a big club, a massive club. But in the end I couldn’t go.’
Walker returned as captain against Brentford and played 90 minutes for the 21st time in 23 league games this campaign.
The champions host Everton in the Premier League on Saturday before the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 clash against Copenhagen next Tuesday.