Departed Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has revealed his former teammates made a last-ditch attempt to convince him to stay at the Etihad Stadium, after last season’s FA Cup final.
Kompany made 360 appearances in 11 seasons for Manchester City, during which time he captained the club to four Premier League trophies. But, shortly before his team were knocked out of the Champions League by Spurs last Spring, the Belgian made the decision to leave. He’s started this season as player-manager of his former club Anderlecht in the Belgian first division.
Kompany goes into more detail about his emotional departure in his newly released book, Treble Triumph. In the book, he writes:
The biggest compliment I’ve ever had was from David. He tried to convince me not to leave City. Sergio did the same. To have big players like that asking me to stay was absolutely the best thing.”
However, they were ultimately unsuccessful in their bid to retain the successful skipper. Kompany recalls letting manager Pep Guardiola decide when the squad would be informed.
“Why did I leave it so late? I wanted him to be part of the decision of how and when we communicated it to the rest of the players.
“I didn’t want him to tell them if he thought my announcement would have a negative effect ahead of the one remaining game.
“If we could gain 10 per cent by telling them before, then that’s what I wanted. If Pep thought it would have negative effect, then I would rather tell them after the game.”
The players ultimately learned about Kompany’s departure immediately after the 6-0 thrashing of Watford in the FA Cup final.
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