After 11 pretty darn successful seasons with Manchester City, Vincent Kompany wrote in an open letter on his Facebook page that the FA Cup marked the end of his time at the club. In a follow-up post, he announced his next career endeavor would become a player-manager of Belgian club RSC Anderlecht, where he started his youth career and played professionally from 2003-2006.
Kompany's decision to undertake this challenge started last year when he visited the Anderlecht training grounds while he was on international duty. During a tour, the club owner revealed some of the struggles they had faced recently. He also explained the ambitions for the future he had and asked for Kompany's opinions on them. Kompany enjoyed the discourse, offered his help with “no strings attached” and later returned to work with the new sporting director during training sessions. Shortly after that, the team called and offered him a player-manager position, which Kompany accepted after being impressed with the plan the club had in mind.
"I want to share my knowledge with the next purple generations," he wrote . "With that, I will also have a bit of Manchester in the heart of Belgium."
The Belgian defender's exit from the Premier League could not have come to a better time. After Manchester City's single-season record of points earned in a campaign, they successfully defended their title this season against Liverpool in one of the greatest title races in Premier League history. His team also became the first men's side to win the English domestic treble (FA Cup, League Cup, Premier League). If if that wasn't enough, you could score one of the greatest goals of his career in arguably the most crucial moment of City's season.
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Kompany's decision also coincides with a period of physical decline. Over the past few seasons, he was ravaged with injuries and was only able to play in 17 or 38 league games — though it was worth one that missed one fewer games this season (22) than he did in 2017-18 (23 ), by transfer market. Fortunately, given the amount of winning he had throughout his career with City (4 Premier League titles, 4 League Cups, 2 FA Cups), he has to worry about those injuries defining him. Instead, his time with the club will be remembered for his leadership, poise and winning more than every other club in England since joining the City.