Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has committed his future to the club, signing a new 5 year deal. Meanwhile on the recruitment front things are quiet as they have been all summer with no new major signings likely unless boss Manuel Pellegrini can offload some of his excess squad players.
Manchester City’s inspirational captain Vincent Kompany has signed a new 5 year contract which will keep the Belgian at the club until he is 33 according to The Guardian. The deal is believed to be worth about £120,000-a-week basic plus bonuses. The centre back having already captained the Citizens to 2 Premier League titles is not content with his haul and is hungry for more success both in the Premier League and Champions League.
“I’m not happy with one or two. I want more. I want to be able to look back in my career and say that I won four or five at City. It’s a tough ask, particularly when you know how difficult the league is. But it’s something I’m ready to fight for every day. I’ve always said this is just the start. You look around the whole club and there are signs of it being a great club to be at. We are looking to be one of the big clubs in Europe. We’ll never have the history of some of those other clubs – but what I can do is build a future for us, which is just as bright if not brighter than any other club. That’s the target.”
The deal, which will pay at least £31 million over five years, is massive for a defender but few City fans will begrudge the Belgian, who has been the heartbeat of the club over the past few seasons.
Manuel Pellegrini has been looking forward to the new season in the wake of a disappointing 3-0 Community Shield defeat at the hands of Arsenal. He was quoted in The Mail as saying he is happy with his squad despite a quiet transfer window.
‘I am happy with the squad because I think we are a stronger squad now than we were last year.‘Bacary Sagna, Fernando, Caballero, Frank Lampard and Eliaquim Mangala are five players that give us something very important in defence and I hope attacking-wise we will be the same as last year because we have four important strikers and good midfielders.
Defender Eliaquim Mangala was City’s only big money signing of the summer, further splurges were restricted due to the UEFA ‘financial fair play’ imposed £49 million cap on spending, according to The London Evening Standard. The Chilean has indicated he won’t be making further signings unless he can raise cash by selling Scott Sinclair and John Guidetti. Englishman Sinclair has had a miserable time at the Ethiad only making 3 first team starts in 2 years, while Swede Guidetti could make his loan move to Dutch club Feyenoord permanent. Pellegrini was quoted as saying
“John Guidetti or maybe Scott Sinclair, they may need to play in a different team, so we’ll see from now until the end of the transfer window what happens with our squad. But at this moment, yes we have too many players.”
Dan O’Mahony, Pundit Arena.