Captain Vincent Kompany is leaving English football champions Manchester City after winning the historic Triple.
The Belgian defender, who joined the Citizens from Hamburger SV in 2008, announced his departure the following day after a 6-0 win over FC Watford's FA Cup final in an emotional open letter on Facebook. Kompany becomes the new season player-coach at RSC Anderlecht.
"Countless times I have imagined this day, and now it feels unreal," Kompany wrote: "ManCity has given me everything and I have tried to return as much as possible."
Kompany player-coach at Anderlecht
At Anderlecht, where he had played since his youth until his move to Hamburg in 2006, Kompany is committed to three years. At the Brussels club he will succeed the former Schalke coach Fred Rutten. Since his release in April Karim Belhocine is responsible as interim coach for the record champion.
"I've been one with this club since I was six," Kompany said of his involvement with Anderlecht: "Over the past few years, I've learned so much from an incredible team manager, Pep Guardiola, at RSC pass on next generation in purple. "
Despite numerous injuries, Kompany played a large part in the great success of the Citizens over the past decade. His dream goal to beat Leicester City 1-0 on penultimate match day of the Premier League paved the way for the Skyblues to take on the thrilling championship race with Liverpool.
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Overall, Kompany with Manchester four times champion, in his last season he succeeded with the Citizens as the first team, the triple of championship, FA Cup and League Cup. Only winning the Champions League remained ManCity and Kompany denied.
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