Oleksandr Zinchenko has admitted he cried after Vincent Kompany announced he would be leaving Manchester City this summer.
Kompany, who captained the club to four Premier League titles during an 11-year stay at the Etihad, left the club at the end of last season to join former side Anderlecht as player-manager.
Man City released a video of Kompany announcing his departure following the club’s FA Cup final success over Watford, with the defender urging the club to go on and win an elusive Champions League title, and Zinchenko admits he shed tears following the Belgian’s exit.
“I was crying to be honest because nobody was waiting for that,” Zinchenko revealed.
“I would definitely like to stay in touch with him.
“For me he is a life legend. I am so lucky. He’s the smartest guy I’ve ever known.
“Last season, Vincent was helping me a lot. Outside the pitch, inside the pitch, about this position.
“I remember a few times he took me out after training and he would work with me for around 40 minutes to try to help me.”