Vincent Kompany has no intention of leaving Manchester City even though ravaging fitness problems have ended his days of a guaranteed first-team place at the Etihad Stadium.
Club captain Kompany played his first Premier League game of 2018 in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Burnley, having seen another campaign cruelly undermined by calf injuries.
A two-time Premier League winner, the 31-year-old has the prospect of gathering honours on all fronts under Pep Guardiola this season, although Aymeric Laporte’s arrival as a club-record signing last week could arguably leave Kompany fourth in the pecking order at centre-back, with Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones having played as first-choice for much of his recent absences.
Nevertheless, seeking a new challenge away from a club he joined in 2008 is not on the agenda.
“That’s not even a debate,” he told reporters. “If you’re fit, you have many options and a lot of clubs. If you’re not fit, you don’t have many opportunities and not many clubs.
“If I stay fit, I’ll want to play football at City. And if I’m not fit, I won’t have other options.
“I don’t know if I could muster the same motivation elsewhere.
“It may seem that I’m high maintenance, but I’m a good professional and I work so hard on my return.
“The longer I’m available, the more chance I’ll get to play more matches.”
— Vincent Kompany (@VincentKompany) February 3, 2018
Irrespective of his future at club level, Kompany’s woes over recent seasons mean the World Cup in Russia is likely to provide his last chance for a tilt at international honours with a sublimely gifted Belgium side.
“The opportunity for us is great — but we still have work to do,” he added.
“In 2014 and 2016, we had a right to failure, because we had a young team. But over the next few years we can’t use that excuse.
“We need to be tactically stronger, which will help us physically and technically.”
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