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Vincent Kompany: Manchester City captain leaves club a day after team win domestic treble | UK News



Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has said he is leaving the club, the day after the team won a historic domestic treble.

The Belgian has been with the Sky Blues for 11 years during which they have cemented their place at the top of the English Premier League, eclipsing Manchester’s other top team, the previously dominant United.

On Saturday, City won the FA Cup, beating Watford 6-0, days after Kompany helped them secured their fourth Premier League title during his tenure.

In February, the team won the League Cup, also Kompany’s fourth since he joined in 2008.

It is the first time all three domestic titles had been won by a men’s team in the English league.

The 33-year-old said on Facebook: “We’ve just seen the close of an incredible season. My 11th as a Blue. And I cannot believe I’m writing this but … also my last as a Blue.

“Countless of times have I imagined this day, after all, the end has felt nearby for so many years. It still doesn’t feel real. Man City has given me everything.

Kompany lifts the trophy after City won the FA Cup Final
Kompany lifts the trophy after City won the FA Cup Final

“I’ve tried to give back as much as I possibly could. How often does someone get the chance to end such an important chapter, representing a club with such great history and tradition, in such a great fashion?

“The time has come for me to go now. As overwhelming as it is, 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.”

He praised Manchester City’s owner, Emirati billlionaire Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the club’s chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak for helping him and the club achieve their goals.

He added: “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.

Vincent Kompany of Manchester City lifts the Premier League trophy
Vincent Kompany of Manchester City lifts the Premier League trophy

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

Speculation over Kompany’s future had been rife over the last few weeks ahead of his contract expiring over the summer.

After the end of the Premier League season, the team’s manager Pep Guardiola told the Manchester Evening News he could expect to continue playing at the highest level, but stopped short of confirming he would stay with City.

He was in tears after leading his team on a victory lap after his goal against Leicester helped keep City’s dream alive two weeks ago when they risked losing the title to Liverpool.

Despite being regarded as one of the world’s best defenders, he only appeared 16 times for the club during the League season’s 38 games and four times during their 10 Champions League matches.

His replacement as captain has not yet been announced but David Silva, Sergio Aguero, Fernandinho and Kevin de Bruyne have all sported the armband this season.

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