Vincent Kompany ends his Man City career
Manchester City and Vincent Kompany have confirmed the news on Sunday morning.
Less than twenty-four hours after winning the FA Cup, Kompany has announced that he’s leaving Man City.
The Belgian centre-half has been with the Sky Blues for eleven years.
From one Skipper to another…
Vincent Kompany had a message for Troy Deeney 👀 pic.twitter.com/GreiAQzyH6
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 19, 2019
Now 33, Kompany, City’s captain, played a crucial role in the club’s historic domestic treble-winning season.
Kompany pushed John Stones out the City team in the Premier League in the back-end of the season, making 17 appearances in the title-winning campaign.
Kompany also played four times in the Champions League, three times in the successful League Cup campaign, and in Saturday’s FA Cup final win over Watford.
Man City’s statement on Vincent Kompany
The Sky Blues posted the following on their website:
Vincent Kompany played his last game for Manchester City in Saturday’s FA Cup final victory over Watford.
The defender has decided to call time on his 11-year association with the Club having won four Premier League titles, two FA Cups, four League Cups and two Community Shields.
In total, he has played 360 times, scoring 20 goals.
My captain, my captain 💙@VincentKompany leaves Manchester City
— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 19, 2019
Why Vincent Kompany is leaving Man City
Kompany has decided to use Facebook as his platform to explain his Man City exit.
The defender revealed that he’s keen to draw a line under this stage of his career while on a high. He wrote:
Community Shield Winners!
Back 2 back League Cup Winners!
Back 2 back Champions of England!
FA Cup Winners!
We’ve just seen the close of an incredible season.
My 11th as a Blue.
And I cannot believe I’m writing this but … also my last as a Blue.
Countless of times have I imagined this day, after all, the end has felt nearby for so many years.
It still doesn’t feel real.
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Man City has given me everything.
I’ve tried to give back as much as I possibly could.
How often does someone get the chance to end such an important chapter, representing a club with such great history and tradition, in such a great fashion?
The time has come for me to go now.
As overwhelming as it is, I feel nothing but gratefulness.
I am grateful to all those who supported me on a special journey, at a very special club
I remember the first day, as clear as I see the last.
I remember the boundless kindness I received from the people of Manchester.
I will never forget how all Man City supporters remained loyal to me in good times and especially bad times. Against the odds you have always backed me and inspired me to never give up.
Sheikh Mansour changed my life and that of all the City fans around the world, for that I am forever grateful. A blue nation has arisen and challenged the established order of things, I find that awesome.
I cherish the counsel and leadership of a good human being, Khaldoon Al Mubarak. Man City could not be in better hands.
It’s cliché to say it but it’s also so true: without my teammates I would have never been here today. We fought many battles together. Side by side. In good times and in bad. So to all of you, from the 2008-2009 squad to today’s domestic Treble winners: I owe you guys!
A special word also to Pep and the backroom staff: you’ve been superb. You’ve followed me through so much hardship. You made me come back stronger every time. Thank you so much.
I also want to use this platform to express the love that I have for my nearest and dearest.
It knows no boundaries. Carla, Sienna, Sire and Kai, the one and only quadruple that matters.
My dad (Pierre), Christel and François, my true Invincibles.
I live with only one regret. I would have loved to take my mother, Jocelyne, to the Etihad, seeing her chant the City songs sat next to my children and wife. I would have wanted her to see me happy, playing the game that I love at a club that I love. Deep down, I know she’s been with us through all this time.
Manchester City are 2019 #EmiratesFACupFinal winners!
The perfect end to a remarkable and historic season 🏆🏆🏆
Vincent Kompany lifts his 12th major trophy at the club! pic.twitter.com/HqOX6ycG5X
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 18, 2019
Vincent Kompany is the new Anderlecht manager
Following his announcement about leaving Man City, Kompany confirmed his next career move.
He’s returning to Belgium to become the new player-manager for Anderlecht.
Kompany has agreed a 3-year contract with the club.
— RSC Anderlecht (@rscanderlecht) May 19, 2019
Kompany: “Not so long ago, I took a call from RSC Anderlecht. Quite unexpectedly, they offered me the position of Player-Manager. Michael Verschueren and Frank Arnesen explained to me in detail how they saw it working in practice. They had thought it through.”
— Kristof Terreur 📰🎥 (@HLNinEngeland) May 19, 2019
Kompany: “Pep Guardiola reignited my love for the game. I have witnessed, participated, analyzed, absorbed, studied. Man City play the football I want to play. It is the football I want to teach and to see played.”
— Kristof Terreur 📰🎥 (@HLNinEngeland) May 19, 2019