Vincent Kompany has introduced he’s to turn into player-manager at his first membership Anderlecht after confirming he’ll depart Manchester Metropolis this summer time.
The 33-year-old joined Metropolis in the summertime of 2008 and has made 360 appearances and received 10 trophies in an 11-year keep on the membership.
He signed off with victory within the FA Cup closing on Saturday, the place Metropolis thrashed Watford 6-Zero to finish a home treble.
Explaining his determination to go away, Kompany mentioned: “As overwhelming as it’s, the time has come for me to go. 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.”
The central defender was signed by Mark Hughes from German membership Hamburg, days earlier than the Sheikh Mansour takeover.
He grew to become a key determine within the success which adopted, and leaves Metropolis having received 4 Premier League titles, two FA Cups and 4 League Cups.
“I bear in mind the primary day, as clear as I see the final. I bear in mind the boundless kindness I obtained from the folks of Manchester,” Kompany added.
“I’ll always remember how all Man Metropolis supporters remained loyal to me in good occasions and particularly unhealthy occasions. Towards the percentages you could have all the time backed me and impressed me to by no means surrender.
“Sheikh Mansour modified my life and that of all of the Metropolis followers world wide, for that I’m eternally 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 very good human being, Khaldoon Al Mubarak. Man Metropolis couldn’t be in higher palms.”
Earlier this month, Kompany hinted the information was coming after his extraordinary winner in opposition to Leicester – a aim that was to show his final for the membership.
Metropolis chairman Khaldoon paid his personal tribute to Kompany.
“There have been many vital contributors to Manchester Metropolis’s renaissance, however arguably none are extra vital than Vincent Kompany,” he mentioned.
“He defines the essence of the membership. For a decade he has been the lifeblood, the soul, and beating coronary heart of a supremely gifted squad.
“A booming voice within the dressing room but a quiet and measured ambassador off it, Vincent will be as pleased with himself as we’re of him.
“I’m not certain he anticipated to elevate the Premier League trophy on 4 events throughout his captaincy however he shall be remembered and revered at any time when this era of unprecedented Metropolis success is spoken about by future generations.
“His management, intelligence and willpower have seen him adapt brilliantly to taking part in beneath 4 completely 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 look ahead to celebrating his testimonial match in September in order that we are able to correctly rejoice his Metropolis contribution. He’ll all the time be a part of the Metropolis household.”
Kompany’s Metropolis profession has been affected by lengthy harm lay-offs which have restricted the variety of appearances he has made.
He has labored arduous to arrange himself for all times after soccer, and in 2018 he obtained a Grasp of Enterprise Administration (MBA) diploma from Manchester Enterprise College.
He additionally arrange the Tackle4MCR homelessness charity alongside the town’s mayor Andy Burnham and has mentioned that each one proceeds from his testimonial will go in direction of the trigger.
Kompany to take Anderlecht job
Kompany later introduced that he would turn into player-manager of Anderlecht, the Brussels membership with whom he started his skilled profession.
“I select to be thankful for the previous however stay bold and pushed for the longer term. For the following three years, I’ll take up the position of player-manager of Anderlecht. Belgium’s best,” he wrote within the second a part of a letter to followers on Fb.
“This may occasionally come as a shock to you. It’s probably the most passionate but rational determination I’ve ever made.”
Kompany got here by means of the youth ranks at Anderlecht, having joined the membership on the age of six.
He revealed that he had met with membership chairman Marc Coucke and sporting director Michael Verschueren final summer time.
“I shared my ideas and listened to their imaginative and prescient for the longer term: bold, brave and decided to get again to primary. I provided my assist, no strings hooked up, ought to they want it.”
Kompany says he was then provided the player-manager job in the previous couple of weeks.
“I need to share my information with the following purple generations,” he continued.
“With that, I will even put a little bit of Manchester within the coronary heart of Belgium. That is no goodbye. It’s a goodbye.”
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