Belgian defender Vincent Kompany said on Sunday he would be leaving Manchester City and joining Anderlecht as player-manager after helping the Premier League club to become the first team to win the English domestic treble.
Club captain Kompany, 33, leaves having won four Premier League titles, two FA Cups and four League Cups with City. He played 360 matches in all competitions and scored 20 goals
“We’ve just seen the close of an incredible season. My 11th as a Blue. I cannot believe I’m writing this but… also my last as a Blue,” the City captain wrote in an open letter to fans on his Facebook page (www.facebook.com/pg/vincentkompany/).
“Man City has given me everything. I’ve tried to give back as much as I possibly could. How often does someone get the chance to end such an important chapter, representing a club with such great history and tradition, in such a great fashion?”
“The time has come for me to go now.”
The central defender said in the second part of his letter released shortly afterwards that he would be taking on a new challenge at Belgian club Anderlecht.
“I choose to be grateful for the past but remain ambitious and driven for the future. For the next three years, I will take up the role of player-manager of RSC Anderlecht,” he added.
Kompany helped Manchester City win all titles in the concluding season: Community Shield (August 2018), Carabao cup (February), Premier League and now FA Cup (May).
In his eleven years, Kompany won four league titles ( 2011–12, 2013–14, 2017–18, 2018–19), two Community shield (2012, 2018), four League cup (2013–14, 2015–16, 2017–18, 2018–19), and and two FA Cup ( 2010–11, 2018–19 ).
On a personal level, Kompany has won the following:
- Manchester City Official Supporter’s Player of the Year: 2010–11
- Manchester City Player’s Player of the Year: 2010–11
- Premier League Player of the Season: 2011–12.