Mark Conlon20 May 2019 AT 12:57 PM

Kompany to leave Abu Dhabi-owned Manchester City

City chairman praises departing skipper's "beating heart"
Mark Conlon20 May 2019 AT 12:57 PM
Kompany to leave Abu Dhabi-owned Manchester City

Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has paid tribute to Vincent Kompany following the defender’s announcement that he's leaving the club.

Kompany played his last game for City on Saturday as they became the first men's side to win all three domestic competitions in the same season, securing the FA Cup courtesy of a 6-0 destruction of Watford at Wembley.

After 11 years at the Etihad, he will now become player/manager of Belgian side Anderlecht, where he started out, and the City chairman was full of praise as the curtain came down on his glittering career in Manchester.

"There have been many important contributors to Manchester City’s renaissance, but arguably none are more important than Vincent Kompany,” said Al Mubarak.

"He defines the essence of the club. For a decade he has been the lifeblood, the soul, and beating heart of a supremely talented squad.

"A booming voice in the dressing room yet a quiet and measured ambassador off it, Vincent can be as proud of himself as we are of him.

"I am not sure he expected to lift the Premier League trophy on four occasions during his captaincy but he will be remembered and revered whenever this period of unprecedented City success is spoken about by future generations.

"His leadership, intelligence and determination have seen him adapt brilliantly to playing under four different managers and overcome some debilitating injuries. He is a special character who has answered every demand the club has made of him.

"We now look forward to celebrating his testimonial match in September so that we can properly celebrate his City contribution. He will always be part of the City family."

Kompany, who scored a hugely important goal in City’s recent win over Leicester as they closed in on the Premier League title, spoke of his emotions at leaving the club he has helped achieve great success.

"As overwhelming as it is, the time has come for me to go. And what a season to bow out. I feel nothing but gratefulness. I am grateful to all those who supported me on a special journey, at a very special club. I remember the first day, as clear as I see the last. I remember the boundless kindness I received from the people of Manchester.

"I will never forget how all Man City supporters remained loyal to me in good times and especially bad times. Against the odds you have always backed me and inspired me to never give up.

"Sheikh Mansour changed my life and that of all the City fans around the world, for that I am forever grateful. A blue nation has arisen and challenged the established order of things, I find that awesome.

"I cherish the counsel and leadership of a good human being, Khaldoon Al Mubarak. Man City could not be in better hands."

What a way to sign off.