Kyle Walker has signed a new long-term contract with Tottenham Hotspur that will keep the right-back at the North London outfit until 2019.
The club’s official Twitter account announced the news:
Walker, who arrived from Sheffield United ahead of the 2009 season, cemented his place in the Spurs’ starting XI after loan spells at both Queens Park Rangers and Aston Villa.
The Englishman courted controversy earlier in the season when he was pictured inhaling nitrous-oxide out of a balloon, according to Neil Ashton in the Daily Mail.
But after apologizing via Twitter, Walker turned his attentions to matters on the pitch. He has been an integral part of Andre Villas-Boas’ side, who boast the second-most-stingiest defence in the Premier League this season.
The Englishman has played every minute for Spurs this campaign, and his fellow defenders have conceded just five goals in their opening nine league games, which is just two less than the in-form Southampton.
Spurs currently sit fourth in the table, three points behind league leaders Arsenal and one adrift of both Chelsea and Liverpool.
They clinched their fourth 1-0 win of the season against Hull City on Sunday. Spanish striker Roberto Soldado converted from the penalty spot after referee Michael Oliver harshly punished Ahmed Elmohamady for a handball in the area.
Walker, who was crowned the PFA Young Player of the Year for the 2011-12 year, will be hoping to continue his good run of form ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The 23-year-old has been capped nine times for England. After playing a role in his country's successful World Cup qualifying campaign, he will be expected to make an appearance in Roy Hodgson’s final squad for Brazil next summer.