Manchester Metropolis captain Vincent Kompany will depart the membership this summer time, having secured an historic home treble, to turn out to be player-manager of Belgian membership Anderlecht.
Kompany, 33, is Metropolis’s longest-serving participant, having joined in August 2008, however his contract runs out on the finish of the season — and although ESPN FC had been advised that there was a willingness from each the membership and the participant to agree a brand new deal, he revealed he can be leaving after the FA Cup remaining win over Watford.
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Kompany has been blighted with damage issues in recent times however began 5 of Metropolis’s final six Premier League matches to assist them win the title, together with scoring a shocking winner in opposition to Leicester within the penultimate recreation.
“As overwhelming as it’s, the time has come for me to go,” he mentioned in a put up on Fb. “And what a season to bow out. I really feel nothing however gratefulness. I’m grateful to all those that supported me on a particular journey, at a really particular membership. I bear in mind the primary day, as clear as I see the final. I bear in mind the boundless kindness I acquired from the folks of Manchester.
“I’ll always remember how all Man Metropolis supporters remained loyal to me in good instances and particularly unhealthy instances. In opposition to the percentages you may have all the time backed me and impressed me to by no means quit.
“Sheikh Mansour modified my life and that of all of the Metropolis followers world wide, for that I’m without end grateful. A blue nation has arisen and challenged the established order of issues, I discover that superior.
“I cherish the counsel and management of a great human being, Khaldoon Al Mubarak. Man Metropolis couldn’t be in higher fingers.”
In a second put up in a while Sunday, Kompany revealed his subsequent transfer: “For the subsequent three years, I’ll take up the function of Participant-Supervisor of RSC Anderlecht … I’ve determined to take up the problem at RSC Anderlecht. Participant-Supervisor. I need to share my data with the subsequent purple generations. With that, I will even put a little bit of Manchester within the coronary heart of Belgium.”
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Paying tribute to Kompany, chairman Al Mubarak added on the membership web site: “There have been many essential contributors to Manchester Metropolis’s renaissance, however arguably none are extra essential than Vincent Kompany. “He defines the essence of the membership. For a decade he has been the lifeblood, the soul, and beating coronary heart of a supremely proficient squad.
“A booming voice within the dressing room but a quiet and measured ambassador off it, Vincent may be as happy with himself as we’re of him. “I’m not certain he anticipated to carry the Premier League trophy on 4 events throughout his captaincy however he might be remembered and revered each time this era of unprecedented Metropolis success is spoken about by future generations.
“His management, intelligence and dedication have seen him adapt brilliantly to taking part in underneath 4 totally different managers and overcome some debilitating accidents. He’s a particular character who has answered each demand the membership has manufactured from him.
“We now stay up for celebrating his testimonial match in September in order that we are able to correctly have fun his Metropolis contribution. He’ll all the time be a part of the Metropolis household.”
Kompany spent 11 years at Man Metropolis, he performed in 360 video games and scored 20 targets. Throughout that point he received 4 Premier League titles, two FA Cups, 4 League Cups and two Group Shields.