Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has confirmed his departure from Manchester City, following FA cup win against Watford.
The 33-year-old has come to the end of a contract he signed in August 2014, and after careful consideration has decided to call time on his stay at the Etihad.
In a statement released by the club, it read: “Vincent Kompany played his last game for Manchester City in Saturday’s FA Cup final victory over Watford.
“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.”
The announcement comes less than 24 hours after the citizens sealed a domestic treble, with a daunting 6-0 win over Watford. The City captain was thankful to the club and the fans for a rather fruitful 11 years.
“Dear all, Community Shield Winners! Back 2 back League Cup Winners! Back 2 back Champions of England! FA Cup Winners! 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.” Vincent Kompany wrote in an open letter.
“Countless of times have I imagined this day, after all, the end has felt nearby for so many years. It still doesn’t feel real.
“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. 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.
“Sheikh Mansour changed my life and that of all the City fans around the world, for that I am forever grateful. A blue nation has arisen and challenged the established order of things, I find that awesome.
“I cherish the counsel and leadership of a good human being, Khaldoon Al Mubarak. Man City could not be in better hands.
“It’s cliche to say it but it’s also so true: without my teammates I would have never been here today. 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 Pep 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.”
In his time as a Manchester City player, Vincent won four Premier League titles (2012, 2014, 2018, 2019), two FA cup trophies (2011, 2019), two English Super Cup trophies (2013, 2019) and four English League Cups (2014, 2016, 2018, 2019).