by ‘Ifreke Inyang
Vincent Kompany has signed a new six-year deal with Manchester City. The 26-year-old defender, who is the captain of the current Premier League champions, joined from Hamburg in 2008 and has gone on to lead the club to their first league triumph since 1968.
“For me, if you are good somewhere then there is no reason to look elsewhere,” Kompany said on the club’s website. “Man City is not just a project of the owners or the people employed by the club – it is also my project.”
The former Anderlecht man was bought by former manager Mark Hughes, shortly before Sheikh Mansour took over the club, and invested big money into it.
“I have been here since the beginning and I have seen everything at the club change inside and out,” added Kompany. “I have the feeling that I have contributed to it too. It is good to know that I can be at City for another six years. It is a compliment that the club feels so highly of me.
“Hopefully, in the future I will have a bigger impact than I already have. I am good here.
“The fans have given me an incredible reception, which is one of the main reasons that I signed this new deal. My family is happy and there are so many more trophies to win at this club – that is why it makes it so special.”
Kompany, who lifted the FA Cup last year too, also admitted it wasn’t easy being the captain of a team full of superstars.
“I have never denied that this can sometimes be the hardest team in the league of which to be captain, but I am all about responsibility and challenge,” said Kompany.
“This Man City project was probably one of the most difficult projects in Europe to be part of and so far we have all done a good job, even though a lot of people said it [success] wasn’t going to happen so quickly.
“I like the kind of characters that we have in our team. I like the challenges we have ahead of us. Now is the time to build the culture of winning. We are in the right time. We are in the right moment.”