Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has stated captain Vincent Kompany will not get a new contract based purely on ‘sentimental reasons.’
The Belgian’s contrac texpires at the end of the season and reports over the weekend suggest the defender had been offered just a 12 month deal at the Etihad Stadium, with doubts about his fitness continuing to emerge. Kompany has made just fourteen appearances for the blues this season, but has been a rock in the heart of the City defence since he joined the blues form Hamburg in 2008.
And Guardiola paid tribute to the captain, acknowledging just what the defender means to the club. “He’s incredible but the reality is in the last five years he’s played few, really few,” said Guardiola. “So that is the situation we have to put on the table and the club will discuss it with his agent and make the best decision for both.
“We don’t have any doubts about his quality - we miss him when he is not able to play. He’s important, he is our captain and on the field he gives us extra that few central defenders around the world can give us.”
And Guardiola revealed he is taking no part in any contract discussions. “I’m not involved in the negotiations,” Guardiola said. “I would like to feel that the club knows the sentimental issue is so important. It’s not important for making decisions, but they have to feel - especially for the players who have been here a long time and helped us to build what we are right now and for the new people who came after. I don’t like the clubs to say, ‘ok, it’s done, go’.
“At the same time, there is a moment when it’s over for everybody. That’s why I said, it’s not my decision. In those cases, like him [Kompany], like Sergio [Aguero], like David [Silva], like Mr Toure in the past, it’s a decision for them to make together with the club.
“He is very special in many ways, in personality and in what he has done on and off the pitch. He can speak five, six, seven languages and he communicates quite well and we need him. People who represent us are important. What they have done in the past for the new players and the new generations, we can say ‘this guy helped us to build the club that we are and what we’re trying to build bigger or higher’.”
During his time at City, Kompany has won three Premier League titles, three league cups, the FA Cup and two community shields, and will be rewarded with a testimonial match in August after serving more than ten years to the club, with the funds from the match being donated to a Manchester based homeless fund.
Whatever happens, Vincent Kompany will always be a Manchester City legend.