Kompany Out Of Contract
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has announced that is to leave the club after 11 years.
Kompany is out of contract this summer and had been linked with another one-year deal – but it’s not to be. He will instead move to his homeland to become player-manager of Anderlecht.
The Belgium international lifted the FA Cup on Saturday as City rounded off a historic domestic treble with a record-equalling 6-0 victory over Watford at Wembley on Saturday.
However, in an open letter on Facebook this morning Kompany has announced that the Cup Final was his last game for the club.
“We’ve just seen the close of an incredible season,” he wrote.
“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.
“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?”
But the 33-year-old says he is leaving at the top.
“The time has come for me to go now,” he added.
“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.”
Anderlecht subsequently announced that Kompany is to become their player-manager from the start of next season.
Kompany said: “I want to share my knowledge with the next purple generations. With that, I will also put a bit of Manchester in the heart of Belgium.
“This may come as a surprise to you. It’s the most passionate yet rational decision I’ve ever made.
“As a footballer, I was born and raised at RSC Anderlecht. Since the age of 6, I have been one with that club. A history of 34 league titles, they are second to none.”