Vincent Kompany announced that he would leave Manchester City this summer – he will draw the curtain over a period of eleven years with the triple national winners – and that he will be shocked when returning to the Belgian club of Anderlecht as a player-manager.
In a two-part open letter on his Facebook page published the next day after leading City to a stunning victory in the FA Cup final on Watford, the City captain revealed that this match was his last match for the club before Explain that he would take over. in Anderlecht, where he began his career.
Kompany wrote: "It was not so long ago, I took a call from RSC Anderlecht. Quite unexpectedly, they offered me the position of player-manager. Michael [Verschueren, the sporting director] and Frank [Arnesen, the technical director] I explained in detail how they saw it working in practice. They had thought carefully. I was not only impressed but also intrigued by this sign of self-confidence. "
"Pep Guardiola has revived my love for football. I saw, participated, analyzed, absorbed, studied. Man City plays the football I want to play. It's the football I want to teach and see play. I decided to take up the challenge at RSC Anderlecht. Player-Manager.
"It may surprise you. It's the most passionate and rational decision I've ever made. As a footballer, I was born and raised at RSC Anderlecht. Since the age of six, I am part of this club. A story of 34 titles in the league, they are incomparable. "
Kompany had previously posted a message about his career in the city. "We have just seen the end of an incredible season," he wrote. "My 11th as a blue. And I can not believe I'm writing this but … also my last one as Blue. I have imagined countless times that day, after all, the end is felt for so many years.
"It still does not seem real. Man City has given me everything. I have tried to render as much as possible. How often do you often have the chance to finish such an important chapter, representing a club with such a successful history and tradition, in such a successful way? The time has come for me to leave now.
He concluded the open letter stating that the second part, which would concern his future, "would follow shortly".
City President Khaldoon Al Mubarak paid tribute to Kompany on the club's website. "There have been many important contributors to the revival of Manchester City, but none is more important than Vincent Kompany," he said. "It defines the essence of the club. For a decade, he has been the lifeblood, heart and soul of an extremely talented team. "
Since arriving in Hamburg in August 2008, Kompany has made 360 appearances for City, scoring 20 goals. The most recent of them, a long-time winner against Leicester earlier this month, brought City to the brink of his fourth Premier League title. He also won two FA Cups and four League Cups with the club. The 33-year-old should make at least one other appearance at the Etihad Stadium when there will be a tribute in his honor on September 11th.
In Anderlecht, Kompany played 103 times between 2003 and 2006, making his debut at the age of 17 after entering the youth ranks. The club has been Belgian champion twice during this period, but has recently gone through a difficult period and can not finish higher than fifth place in the top flight this season.