Vincent Kompany wanted Gary Neville to face Leroy Sane in his Manchester City testimonial.
Kompany will be honoured for his 11 years of dedicated service to City with a testimonial match at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.
The game will pit a City legends side containing Joe Hart, Richard Dunne, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Stephen Ireland, David Silva and Benjani, against a Premier League legends squad including Thierry Henry, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and the Neville brothers.
Kompany regrets that winger Sane was unavailable due to injury, as he planned to put him up against Neville to see if the former Manchester United right-back “hides at centre-back”.
“There are so many old faces, and I want to see who is still in shape and who is not anymore!” he told Sky Sports.
“I remember a lot of conversations in the dressing room… ‘What are you going to do when you stop playing?’
“Nigel de Jong is still playing, so I’ll have to wait for another time with him, but I think he was going to go the other way! Those you think go one way, they don’t, and the people you think go the other way, they don’t!
“I’m looking forward to seeing whose in shape mainly, and reminiscing about the stories we still remember from the dressing room.
“It’s unfortunate that Leroy Sane is out with a knee injury, because I would have put him on Gary Neville. My goal was to put the fastest winger I could find on Gary Neville’s side! Unless he goes and hides at centre-back, we’ll see.”