Kyle Walker already frustrated Tottenham Hotspur fans on Saturday by posting a Man-of-the-Match winning performance on his Manchester City debut.
The 28-year-old defender looked impressive on his City bow following a £54 million switch, with Pep Guardiola's side beating Brighton and Hove Albion 2-0 yesterday.
But the England international, who spent eight years at Spurs, claimed afterwards that it felt great to be playing with a smile on his face again.
Tottenham fans and a couple of media outlets have interpreted the comments as a dig at former manager Mauricio Pochettino, who preferred right-back Kieran Trippier over him toward the end of last season.
And fans of the North London club have made their feelings for Walker perfectly clear.
I was fine with him going but now he's starting to spout his mouth off and I wish him nothing but failure at mc— Michelle O (@maddymoomin) August 12, 2017
Translation: "It's easier to smile when you double your pay"— Adan Sanchez (@AdanSanchez856) August 12, 2017
We would all smile after a massive pay rise Kyle.— Matt P (@mattfefc) August 12, 2017
I'm sure he's smiling all the way to the bank. He's gone! Forget him!— Steve Freeman (@Steve_Devon58) August 12, 2017
That's very sour and petty...— Mr P (@Bobbert56) August 12, 2017
Walker needs to grow up .he s gone now— June richards (@Juneric07298676) August 12, 2017
It is easy to see why it could be interpreted as something of a barb but, by the same token, it's also easy to see it being a throwaway comment during an interview and not a deliberate dig at his former manager.