Former Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany revealed his ambition to emulate Pep Guardiola, but has backed a former clubmate to take over the reins whenever the Spaniard leaves the champions.
The Belgian defender, who left Manchester City at the end of the season after winning the Premier League title for the fourth time as skipper, is the player-manager at RSC Anderlecht in his native country.
Making his first foray into football management, Kompany has already been queried on his desire to eventually replace Pep Guardiola as the City boss.
But the centre-back artfully dodged the question by offering who he thought should replace the ex-Barcelona manager when he does leave Eastlands, while also predicting that he believes the Sky Blues will win the Champions League for the first time next season.
“I should have expected this question and yet I’m surprised,” Kompany said at a press conference broadcast live by the club via Facebook.
“Let me start with this. Let City be City under Pep, which is an awesome club. I think they will win the Champions League eventually, soon hopefully.
“Behind Pep there is Mikel Arteta, who has a lot of knowledge who probably is the right man to look at.”
The former Arsenal and Everton midfielder has been linked with the Newcastle United job this week after it was revealed that Rafael Benitez will be leaving his post when his contract expires on June 30, but there is no strong indication that the Spaniard is seeking a head coaching role at this time.
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