Little did anyone know the ‘rocky’ Belgian defender was playing 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 tie with the Club he won four Premier League titles, two FA Cups, four League Cups and two Community Shields.
Kompany will continue his career as player/manager of his first professional club, Anderlecht. For Manchester City, Vincent played 360 times, scoring a whooping 20 goals for a defender whose goals came at crucial moments and were title defining goals.
City Chairman, Khaldoon Al Mubarak, paid tribute to the player for his contribution to the success of the Club by stating: “There have been many important contributors to Manchester City’s renaissance, but arguably none are more important than Vincent Kompany.
“He defines the essence of the club. For a decade he has been the lifeblood, the soul, and beating heart of a supreme talented squad. His leadership intelligence and determination have seen him adapt brilliantly to playing under four different managers and overcome some debilitating injuries. He is a special character who has answered every demand the club has made of him.
“Now we look forward to celebrating his testimonial match in September so that we can properly celebrate his City contribution. He will always be part of the City family.”
Kompany also made a statement on his decision, saying, “As overwhelming as it is, the time has come for me to go. And what a season to bow out. 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 clearly as I see the last. I remember the boundless kindness I received from the people of Manchester.
The player also had many of kind words for the fans of the Club as he praised their unwavering love and loyalty to the club. He also praised the Club’s owners and leaders, Sheikh Mansour and Khaldoon Al Mubarak for their leadership and counsel that has brought good fortune to the club.
In my opinion, there is no better time for Kompany to bow out than now. He has been able to achieve unprecedented successes with the Club he signed for 11 years ago. And let’s not forget his strikes that helped the Club win the Premier League titles as well. He would surely be missed.
Do you think City can get a better replacement for their Captain Fantastic??!!