Captain Kompany leaves Man City to become player-manager at Anderlecht
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany will leave the club this summer to become player-manager at Anderlecht.
The announcement comes a day after Manchester City won the FA Cup to complete a domestic treble including the League Cup and Premier League title.
Anderlecht announced the return on Twitter on Sunday morning, and Kompany confirmed the move on his Facebook page.
Kompany played for Anderlecht between 2003 and 2006, then joining Hamburg before his 2008 transfer to City.
A statement on Manchester City's official site said:
"The defender has decided to call time on his 11-year association with the Club having won four Premier League titles, two FA Cups, four League Cups and two Community Shields."
In total, he has played 360 times, scoring 20 goals. Paying tribute to Kompany's huge contribution to the Club's success, City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said:
"There have been many important contributors to Manchester City’s renaissance, but arguably none are more important than Vincent Kompany.
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" He defines the essence of the club. For a decade he has been the lifeblood, the soul, and beating heart of a supremely talented squad."
"A booming voice in the dressing room yet a quiet and measured ambassador off it, Vincent can be as proud of himself as we are of him.
"I am not sure he expected to lift the Premier League trophy on four occasions during his captaincy but he will be remembered and revered whenever this period of unprecedented City success is spoken about by future generations.
"His leadership, intelligence and determination have seen him adapt brilliantly to playing under four different managers and overcome some debilitating injuries. He is a special character who has answered every demand the club has made of him.
"We now look forward to celebrating his testimonial match in September so that we can properly celebrate his City contribution. He will always be part of the City family."
Kompany issued his own statement on Facebook, saying: "We’ve just seen the close of an incredible season. My 11th as a Blue. And I cannot believe I’m writing this but ... also my last as a Blue.
"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 33-year-old central defender said he would be posting a second part of the letter "shortly" with details of his future plans.
City crushed Watford 6-0 in the FA Cup final on Saturday to complete the unprecedented treble, after which Kompany said they were the best team in the world.
Kompany scored with a thunderous long-range strike to decide their penultimate league match of the season against Leicester City, a key moment in their retaining the Premier League title.
"It’s cliché to say it but it’s also so true: without my teammates I would have never been here today," he added.
"We fought many battles together. Side by side. In good times and in bad. So to all of you, from the 2008-2009 squad to today’s domestic Treble winners: I owe you guys!
"A special word also to (manager) Pep (Guardiola) and the backroom staff: you’ve been superb. You’ve followed me through so much hardship. You made me come back stronger every time. Thank you so much."
Additional reporting from Reuters