Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany has announced that he will leave the club this summer to take up a role as player-manager at Belgian side Anderlecht.
Kompany explained that he would be leaving the Premier League champions on Sunday, a day after he successfully captained the side to FA Cup victory over Watford, before confirming his return to Anderlecht.
The Belgian has played 360 games for City since joining from Hamburg 11 years ago winning four Premier League titles, two FA Cups and four League Cups along the way.
The 33-year-old penned a two-part open letter on his Facebook page, where he first announced his departure from Manchester City before explaining his next move in football.
An exerpt from part one read:
The time has come for me to go now.
As overwhelming as it is, I feel nothing but gratefulness.
I am grateful to all those who supported me on a special journey, at a very special club.
I remember the first day, as clear as I see the last.
I remember the boundless kindness I received from the people of Manchester.
I will never forget how all Man City supporters remained loyal to me in good times and especially bad times. Against the odds you have always backed me and inspired me to never give up.
In the second part of his letter he explained that he would be returning to his boyhood club Anderlecht back in his home country of Belgium.
I have decided to take up the challenge at RSC Anderlecht.
I want to share my knowledge with the next purple generations.
With that, I will also put a bit of Manchester in the heart of Belgium.
Kompany had been an integral part of the last few months of the season for Manchester City, which saw them complete a historic domestic treble of the Premier League, the League Cup and the FA cup.
The Belgian defender also scored a crucial goal for City against Leicester in the penultimate game of the Premier League season which essentially secured the title for the blue half of Manchester.