Vincent Kompany has hinted at his desire to continue playing for Manchester City next season.
The City captain is out of contract next summer but he marked the 10th anniversary of his signing for the club on Wednesday by insisting he still feels he has a lot to offer manager Pep Guardiola going forward.
Kompany has been plagued by injuries in recent years but he has continually overcome doubts about his future by making a series of comebacks and believes he is still improving as a player.
The 32-year-old said he would be “connected with City for the rest of my life”, but while the prospect of management, coaching or even an executive type role are all thought to appeal to the player in the long-term, his focus remains firmly on extending his playing days at the moment.
“I think what people have never really understood with me is that aside from having had some injuries I’m actually really lucky to be a really good athlete naturally so I still feel mobile, I still feel strong, that I’m improving and I’m learning so much more about the game,” Kompany said in an interview with the City website.
“I’m not stressed or nervous about any possible scenario because I’ve prepared for every eventuality. I’m enjoying the game more than than I’ve probably ever enjoyed the game. Probably my first year at City and this last year now have been the best in my career so you want to make it last as long as you can, for sure.”
On the prospect of taking up a role with City once he does finish playing, Kompany added: “I feel like I can still give something back. We’ll see what level and to what extent but in many ways I’ve received too much from the game to put it behind me and go on a 45 year holiday, it’s not for me.
“I’ll be connected with City for the rest of my life, as a fan, as an employee, as an ambassador. Whatever City decide or I decide, it’s not something we can undo. We’ve had 10 years together and 10 years at City with the transitions we’ve had is like 30 years at another club, trust me. So it’s cemented, we’re tied to each other for life.”
City, meanwhile, have recalled Montenegro Under-21 goalkeeper, Aro Muric, from his loan spell with NAC Breda following a suspected Achilles injury to Claudio Bravo.
Bravo is due to travel to Barcelona on Thursday for tests to determine the full extent of an injury that could keep him out for at least six months and City have reacted by bringing back Muric. He will offer cover for first choice No 1 Ederson alongside 20-year-old goalkeeper Daniel Grimshaw.
Source: The Telegraph / James Ducker