Vincent Kompany says joining Anderlecht as player-manager is the “most enthusiastic yet reasonable” decision he has actually made after revealing he has left Manchester City.
The 33- year-old has signed a three-year deal with the Belgian club after 11 years at Etihad Arena, eight of which he invested as club captain.
Saturday’s 6-0 FA Cup last win over Watford was Kompany’s final video game for City, after winning four Premier League titles, two FA Cups and four League Cups.
In an open letter on Facebook, Belgium defender Kompany stated leaving City “doesn’t feel real”.
” Many of times have I pictured this day,” he said. “After all, the end has felt close by for so many years.
” Man City has actually offered me everything. I’ve attempted to return as much as I potentially could.”
In a 2nd letter released hours later, Kompany revealed his relocate to Anderlecht, who said his arrival marked the “return of the prince”.
” I wish to share my understanding with the next purple generations,” stated Kompany, who initially joined Anderlecht at the age of six.
” With that, I will also put a little Manchester in the heart of Belgium.”
‘ The time has actually come to go’
Centre-back Kompany signed up with City from Hamburg as a defensive midfielder in 2008 and was named club captain three years later.
He scored his final goal against Leicester on 6 May, a brilliant strike from 25 lawns that was voted objective of the season on BBC Match of the Day.
That victory took City to within one win of the Premier League title, which they sealed on the last day of the season with triumph at Brighton.
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” The time has come for me to go now,” Kompany stated.
” 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 really special club.
” I keep in mind the first day, as clear as I see the last. I keep in mind the boundless kindness I got from the individuals of Manchester.
” I will always remember how all Man City advocates stayed devoted to me in great times and especially bad times. Against the chances, you have actually always backed me and influenced me to never ever quit.”
City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said: “There have been lots of crucial factors to Manchester City’s renaissance, however perhaps none are more crucial than Vincent Kompany.
” He defines the essence of the club. For a years he has actually been the lifeblood, the soul, and beating heart of a very talented team.
” A flourishing voice in the dressing space yet a peaceful and measured ambassador off it, Vincent can be as proud of himself as we are of him.”
‘ A special character’ – chairman pays tribute
After the 1-0 win over Leicester – City’s last home game of the season – Kompany was in tears as the team delighted in a lap of honour.
By beating Watford 6-0 at Wembley, City became the very first males’s side to complete the domestic treble in England.
In September, the club will hold Kompany’s testimonial match, from which he will donate all earnings to Manchester’s homeless
He said: “Sheikh Mansour changed my life which of all the City fans worldwide, for that I am permanently grateful. A blue country has actually arisen and challenged the recognized order of things, I find that remarkable.
” I value the counsel and leadership of a great person, Khaldoon Al Mubarak. Guy City could not remain in much better hands.”
Al Mubarak said: “He will constantly belong to the City family.
” I am unsure he anticipated to lift the Premier League prize on four celebrations during his captaincy however he will be remembered and revered whenever this period of extraordinary City success is spoken about by future generations.
” His leadership, intelligence and decision have actually seen him adjust remarkably to playing under 4 various managers and get rid of some devastating injuries.
” He is an unique character who has answered every need the club has made from him.”
|Vincent Kompany in stats|
|Considering that Kompany’s first season with the club, City have actually won more domestic prizes (10) than any other English side|
|Only David Silva (282) and Joe Hart (266) have made more Premier League video games for City than Kompany (265)|
|Kompany has played more Premier League games than any other Belgian player in the league’s history|
|Among protectors, only previous Chelsea captain John Terry has actually kept more Premier League clean sheets (101) than Kompany (94) since his debut|
‘ I stopped at Anderlecht just to say hello’
Kompany scored five goals in 73 video games for Anderlecht from 2003 to 2006.
The club are the most successful team in Belgian history but are presently sixth in the Belgian First Department A. They have won 34 league titles, the most recent in 2016-17
” I stopped at their training grounds on my way to international responsibility last year. Just to state hello,” Kompany stated.
“[Marc] Coucke, the chairman, and sports director Michael Verschueren asked my opinion regarding the tight spot the club was in.
” I shared my thoughts and listened to their vision for the future: ambitious, courageous and identified to get back to top.”
Kompany provided his assist with “no strings attached”, and said it was “unanticipated” when they used him the position of player-manager “not so long earlier”.
” I was left not only amazed, however likewise captivated by this sign of confidence in me,” he said.
Kompany bids goodbye in ‘terrific fashion’
Injuries have actually taken their toll on Kompany over the last few years, and he featured in only 17 of City’s 38 league video games this season because of muscle injuries.
Nevertheless, he will be kept in mind for his impact and contribution on the pitch, where he led City to a very first top-flight title because 1968 in 2012.
Together With Sergio Aguero and David Silva, Kompany is among just 3 survivors from that accomplishment, and they duplicated the achievement in 2014 and 2018.
City maintained their title this month, ending up one point ahead of Liverpool after among the most awesome seasons in Premier League history.
” How often does somebody get the possibility to end such a crucial chapter, representing a club with such great history and custom, in such an excellent fashion?” Kompany stated.
‘ We will miss you captain’ – reaction
Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne: Playing for about 10 years with this man for club and country. And what a benefit it’s been. Huge player, huge character and big leader. Found out a lot from you. Wanting you all the very best for the future.
City midfielder Phil Foden: Cared For me from the first day. Led by example, revealed everyone what it implies to be a leader, wear their heart on the sleeve, and offer everything for this club. We will miss you captain.
City defender Kyle Walker: From avoid to gaffer, the guy has all of it !! Since I strolled through the door Vinny has actually been fantastic to me. He assisted me settle in and I’ve learned a lot from the big male. All the best with whatever avoid, you’ll be missed out on
City centre-back Aymeric Laporte: Thank you for this years near you. Thank you for all the moments, all the words to me and to be the very best leader which need this huge family. You are a legend and we want you the finest in your next phase
City midfielder Bernardo Silva: THANKS CAPTAIN! What a satisfaction to share the dressing space and gain from you over the last 2 seasons. We’ll miss you
Former City midfielder Yaya Toure: My bro Vinny !! It was an honour to share the pitch with you at City! Memories I will treasure. Trophies! Titles !! Making a plan a reality! You are a special guy!! A leader. My friend.
Former City striker Paul Dickov: City enjoys you more than you will know.
Ex-England striker and Match of the Day host Gary Lineker: Best of luck to you, Vincent Kompany with your brand-new obstacle. One of the best players, leaders and role designs to have actually played on the green carpets of this country. And what a way to bail out from Man City.
Ex-England and Manchester United defender Gary Neville: I didn’t anticipate that. There are some gamers you wish played for your club. Vincent Kompany was one of them. A fantastic centre-back whose influence on and off the pitch was substantial.
Former England and Newcastle captain Alan Shearer: What a captain and player.
Ex-England and Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher: One of the finest centre-backs the Premier League has actually ever seen & among Male City’s biggest ever gamers!
Former Sanctuary frontman and City fan Liam Gallagher: Thankyou Vincent Kompany for whatever all the best see ya soon.