Called upon in times of need this season, Vincent Kompany has shown that he remains an important presence both and on and off the pitch for Manchester City.With a possible contract extension on the horizon, Matt Astbury looks at what could come next for the club’s legendary captain.
A common comment now made in Pep Guardiola’s pre-match press conferences is that Manchester City club captain Vincent Kompany is not fit to play, and his return date is not known.
A few years ago, this would have sparked nerves across City’s fanbase, but it has unfortunately got to a stage where everyone more or less shrugs their shoulders like that Alan Partridge GIF and moves on. It is sad to see that club legend Kompany is slowly fading away when it comes to playing on the pitch and at the end of this season, the Belgian will have a huge choice to make.
According to various sources, the club are set to offer him a new one-year contract, but with his current injury record and lack of appearances, it seems like he is being kept around more to be that experienced figure in the dressing room.
It’s quite ironic that as this piece gets published that Kompany is now featuring in the centre of City’s defence with Laporte and Stones currently side-lined by injuries. But when those two are fit, you will often find the club captain on the bench or watching on from a box.
Kompany is a player who is seen as a god at City by many including myself. He has provided so many memorable moments for City fans, most notably that header against Manchester United on a warm Monday night in April which saw the Blues march on towards their first Premier League title. Even his goal against Arsenal in last year’s League Cup final brought a smile to every City fans’ face.
Despite being in a Pep Guardiola era with a tough schedule and high energy style, a 32-year-old Vincent Kompany looks to have adjusted well and has looked at home whenever he has played.
Take City’s 2-1 win against title rivals Liverpool as prime example. The Belgian marshalled the defence and looked in control against a ‘heavy metal’ Liverpool attack showing that he has still got it.
But it is no secret that the end is near.
City are a forward-thinking club with one of the best academies in world football and a board which probably have their targets set for the summer transfer window already, with one potentially being a player to fill a Kompany-shaped hole in the squad.
The City club captain also seems to be already preparing for life after football, graduating with a Masters of Business Administration degree and he himself has said in various interviews that he needs something to fall back when he calls time on his career.
With a testimonial set to take place at some point this year, it looks like the stars are aligning for Kompany to take more of a back-seat role at the club or even retire.
Already I can hear the hordes of City fans preparing to bombard me with tweets criticising this piece, but if Kompany retires, he will still have a role to play City. His intelligence and thoughts on football as a business such as cheaper tickets could see him land a role in the club’s boardroom or there is even the possibility of becoming a coach.
Vincent Kompany is a player who has been one of the only constants in Manchester City’s success since Sheikh Mansour’s takeover and his contribution will never be forgotten. Now though, it is a matter of ‘when’ rather than ‘if’ when it comes to leaving the club or retiring.
Regardless of what happens to Kompany over the next few years City fans will always sing ‘Here’s to you Vincent Kompany, City loves you more than you will know’.
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