After leading from the front for 11 years and being an important part of turning the lesser known Manchester side, Manchester City FC into the unstoppable force in the English football, the captain ‘incredible’ Vincent Kompany has announced his departure from the club.
Captain Vincent Kompany has said that he will leave Manchester City after Saturday’s FA Cup final win over Watford. The 33-year-old Belgian defender won four Premier League titles, two FA Cups and four League Cups during 11 years at Etihad Stadium in which he scored 20 goals in 360 games.
In lengthy post about the departure on his Facebook page , Kompany wrote.
“Dear all, Community Shield Winners!, Back 2 back League Cup Winners!, Back 2 back Champions of England!, FA Cup Winners!. We’ve just seen the close of an incredible season. My 11th as a Blue. And I cannot believe I’m writing this but … also my last as a Blue,” he wrote on his wall.
“Countless of times have I imagined this day, after all, the end has felt nearby for so many years. It still doesn’t feel real. Man City has given me everything. I’ve tried to give back as much as I possibly could. How often does someone get the chance to end such an important chapter, representing a club with such great history and tradition, in such a great fashion?.The time has come for me to go now,” he further said.
He thanked Man City for being loyal in both good and bad times.
“I will never forget how all Man City supporters remained loyal to me in good times and especially bad times. Against the odds you have always backed me and inspired me to never give up. Sheikh Mansour changed my life and that of all the City fans around the world, for that I am forever grateful. A blue nation has arisen and challenged the established order of things, I find that awesome. I cherish the counsel and leadership of a good human being, Khaldoon Al Mubarak. Man City could not be in better hands”.
He had special message for Pep, “A special word also to Pep and the backroom staff: you’ve been superb. You’ve followed me through so much hardship. You made me come back stronger every time. Thank you so much. I also want to use this platform to express the love that I have for my nearest and dearest. It knows no boundaries. Carla, Sienna, Sire and Kai, the one and only quadruple that matters. My dad (Pierre), Christel and François, my true Invincibles. I live with only one regret. I would have loved to take my mother, Jocelyne, to the Etihad, seeing her chant the City songs sat next to my children and wife. I would have wanted her to see me happy, playing the game that I love at a club that I love. Deep down, I know she’s been with us through all this time”.
He also revealed that he will be joining RSC Anderlecht in belgium as player cum manager.
“And yet I choose to rebel against what an end wants to be. I choose to be grateful for the past but remain ambitious and driven for the future. For the next 3 years, I will take up the role of Player-Manager of RSC Anderlecht. Belgium’s finest”.