Pep Guardiola says Vincent Kompany’s successor as captain will be decided by the Manchester City players.
Kompany left Man City this summer after 11 successful years at the Etihad, re-joining former club Anderlecht in a player-manager role. The Belgian international has captained City since 2011, with the club yet to decide on the defender’s permanent replacement.
David Silva wore the captain’s armband during City’s 4-1 friendly victory against West Ham, although the Spaniard has announced his intention to leave the club at the end of the 2019/20 season.
Guardiola says a decision will be made on the captaincy once the entire squad has returned for pre-season, with the players set to be given the power to choose their next captain.
“They will choose the captain when we are all together,” Guardiola said after the Premier League Asia Trophy win in Nanjing.
“After they are all back (they are) going to make a meeting and decide who is going to be captain.”
One candidate to become the club’s new captain is midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, who has said it would be a position he ‘would gladly accept,’ if he were to be selected by his teammates.
“If the team wants me to be captain, or the club does, I would gladly accept it but I think that’s something everybody needs to talk about as a team, as a club.
“This will be talked about when everyone comes back.”