Vincent Kompany will reportedly leave Manchester City less than 24 hours after lifting the FA Cup.
Kompany’s leadership and character was viewed as vital by Pep Guardiola and the Belgian’s sensational match-winner against Leicester broadcasted his value to the club.
But after 11 years in Manchester, he and the club have decided to go their separate ways.
Signed from Hamburg in 2008, Kompany has made a total of 360 appearances in blue scoring 20 goals.
But the appearance of Aymeric Laporte and John Stones coupled with Kompany’s age has seen he and City opt not to continue their relationship with the 33-year-old’s contract up this summer.
Guardiola is now left with looking for another centre-back Let’s see who is likely to be on the Catalan’s mind.
The Leicester centre-back is a ball playing defender which is crucial to Guardiola and is more than comfortable in carrying the ball into midfield and beyond.
His passing range is also an asset and he has established himself as one of England’s key defenders while attracting interest from City’s rivals United.
Matthijs De Ligt
A tall order, right? The Ajax skipper is high on the list for the majority of Europe’s top managers looking for a defender.
The 19-year-old Dutchman is wise beyond his years and led the Amsterdam-based side to within minutes of the Champions League final.
Although he would demand a huge transfer fee he would certainly be City’s first choice if they can fight off interest from the likes of Barcelona.
The 29-year-old, who is likely to be on the move this summer especially, is available for just £25m.
In the current market that is a bargain and the Tottenham defender is in the bracket of top defenders, surely in England.
He is, I don't know, slightly older than Guardiola may want, the City boss may seek out a defender who can dip in and out of the starting XI.
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