Kompany pays tribute to Man City fans in emotional goodbye

Date published: Sunday 19th May 2019 8:41

Skipper Vincent Kompany has announced he is to leave Manchester City just a day after helping the club complete an unprecedented domestic treble.

The defender won four Premier League titles, two FA Cups, four League Cups and two Community Shields during his 11 years at the club.

Kompany said: “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.”

Kompany added: “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.”

The Belgian, who has made 360 appearances for the club he joined from Hamburg in August 2008, also paid tribute to his team-mates and manager Pep Guardiola.

He said: “It’s cliche to say it but it’s also so true: without my team-mates, I would have never been here today.

“We fought many battles together. Side by side. In good times and in bad. So to all of you, from the 2008-2009 squad to today’s domestic treble winners: I owe you guys!

“A special word also to Pep and the backroom staff: you’ve been superb. You’ve followed me through so much hardship. You made me come back stronger every time. Thank you so much.”

City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak told the club’s official website: “There have been many important contributors to Manchester City’s renaissance, but arguably none are more important than Vincent Kompany.

“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.”

 

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