Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola wants the club to give Vincent Kompany a new deal, with the defender’s contract set to expire at the end of the season.
The former Barcelona manager will be well aware of club captain Kompany’s importance to his side’s ambitions, and despite a raft of injuries over the years, he is still regarded as a key member of Guardiola’s side. He is adored by the City fans as well after 11 years of service and seven major honours won. As the longest serving member of the team, the hope from the supporters will be that the Belgian sees out the remainder of his career at the club.
Speaking ahead of tonight’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Burton Albion, Guardiola was asked if he wants Kompany to stay at the club:
“We are considering it, we are talking about that,” Guardiola said.
“I would like it. He’s our captain, 11 years here. He’s one of the best central defenders I’ve ever seen.”
Along with Fernandino, Silva and Aguero; Kompany has invaluable title experience and is a proven winner. It was no surprise to see him dropped in to the starting XI in the recent clash against title rivals Liverpool, as Guardiola looked to call on all of his experience in a vital game.
With the manager so vocal, contract negotiations are is likely to be only a formality. With City’s end goal, to win the Champions League, Kompany will still have a huge role to play at The Etihad.