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Kompany outlines City vision

Vincent Kompany believes Manchester City's recent success is just the start of a golden era and says there is a 'heart and soul' at the club which a lot of people overlook.

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Vincent Kompany: Says Manchester City are building for sustained success

Vincent Kompany: Says Manchester City are building for sustained success

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City have spent heavily on new players since the takeover by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al Nahyan's Abu Dhabi United Group in 2008, and have been rewarded with a string of trophies.

The club's wealth has been a focus for critics but Kompany insists there is a much broader vision than short-term success at the Etihad Stadium and has highlighted just how they are building for the future.

He told the Daily Telegraph: "I will say it loud and clear: at Manchester City, it is all about what you choose to look at. If you look at the money spent on players you will only ever see that side of City.

"If you look at the bigger plan, which is investment in the community, facilities and youth teams, you realise there is heart and soul in this club. That is the reason why I am not shy to say this is a great club. The future is bright for Manchester City but this is only the beginning."

City's most recent trophy was the Premier League title they secured last month, and Kompany can now turn his attention to trying to triumph on the international stage with Belgium at the World Cup.

He added: "Winning the title for the second time was really rewarding because it was such an intense season right up until the very last game. To conclude it with a parade through the centre of Manchester, all turned blue by the fans, makes you hungry for more silverware.

"It is weird because during the season I never thought about the World Cup. What we experience in the Premier League is so intense. The World Cup almost felt like it was another five years away.

"Every now and then I heard players talk about how great it is to be a part of the World Cup but because I can't really relate - this is my first World Cup - it was never something which was in my mind."

Kompany is looking forward to working with Marc Wilmots on Belgium duty, a manager he respects for similar reasons to Manuel Pellegrini because they are both dignified men who take their job seriously.

He explained: "Wilmots and [Manuel] Pellegrini are completely different characters but the one thing that links the two men is their honesty.

"When you are around top players the last thing a manager can afford to do is to play games. It is better to be honest and they both are very honest and dedicated to their jobs."

Belgium have been tipped to go a long way in Brazil this summer following the emergence of a host of talented players from the country over the past few years.

Kompany is not sure as to the secret of their success, suggesting: "Luck - pure luck.

"However, I did say 10 years ago that we had quality because in all the youth teams I played in [for Anderlecht] we never lost in big European tournaments. Even when we were facing Real Madrid or PSG, we always won youth tournaments. So it never felt strange to me.

"Why should we be the best when we are young, but then go into the senior team and all of a sudden we are worse? I always believed there was quality in our generation.

"But I believe that because we have had that luck it is now going to start up a system whereby we will produce more again. I think we will have a good Belgium team for a longer period of time than we had before."

Kompany is determined for Belgium to make the most of their chance on the big stage at the World Cup, when they will be in the same group as Algeria, Russia and South Korea.

"It is a huge pressure but I like it," he said. "We could only dream of this opportunity 10 years ago. Now we have got it, I plan to enjoy it."

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