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Incredible; Kompany urges Messi to go Mancity

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Vincent Kompany has urged Lionel Messi to join Manchester City, saying that such a transfer would be ‘incredible’ for the club.

City is seen as a possible destination for Messi after he handed in a transfer request at Barcelona this week.

Kompany believes that if he made the switch to the Etihad Stadium Messi would work extremely well with Pep Guardiola, with the pair having enjoyed much success together at Barcelona.

City legend Kompany added that he feels Messi would be able to help City win the Champions League.

As reported by The Sun, Kompany said: ‘It’d be incredible for the club to have a player like him — he could help them take the next step by winning the Champions League.

‘I know Guardiola’s way of thinking, so I can well imagine the two of them will still have a rapport.

‘If Messi has decided to leave Barcelona then I can only respect his decision.’

Kompany, who recently retired from playing to focus on his duties as manager of Anderlecht, is eager for the transfer to happen.

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He said: ‘Let’s be clear — as a City fan, I hope Messi joins them.

‘I can imagine Pep and Messi still have one another’s phone numbers. So they can give one another a call.’

Messi is eager to leave Barcelona in the wake of their harrowing 8-2 Champions League defeat against Bayern Munich, which ensured that the Catalan club ended the season without a trophy.

This week Messi informed recently-appointed Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman of his desire to leave the club.

However, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has stated that he is willing to leave the club if it means Messi will stay.

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Kompany declines Mancity offer as Assistant Manager


Vincent Kompany has turned down an opportunity to become Pep Guardiola’s coaching assistant at Manchester City in favour of continuing in his player-coaching role at Anderlecht.

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The vacancy at City arose when Mikel Arteta left to join Arsenal, who are due to play at the Etihad when the Premier League is planned to return on 17 June.


Arteta was also the individual whose positive test for coronavirus in March in effect led to the suspension of the English season, and when the Belgian league was curtailed early because of the virus, Guardiola made contact with Kompany to see if he might be open to a City return.

Despite enduring a difficult season in Belgium – Anderlecht have financial problems, were in eighth place when the season ended, and Kompany had his initial job title of head coach withdrawn due to a lack of the appropriate coaching qualification – the 34-year-old defender indicated a preference for staying with his boyhood club, primarily because he wishes to keep on playing.

Opportunities to do that were already becoming scarce in Manchester by the time Kompany ended his 11-year stint with City at the end of last season, and persistent injuries were restricting his appearances anyway.

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After signing off in some style with the goal against Leicester that finally tilted the 2018-19 title race City’s way, Kompany even managed to miss his own charity testimonial game the following season through injury.

With two years to run on his contract at Anderlecht, he feels he will be able to prolong his playing career in the slightly less demanding Belgian league, as well as easing himself into management at the club where he made his name before moving to Hamburg and then Manchester. If he ever changes his mind he is likely to find the City door open, but for now Guardiola’s search for a new permanent assistant will continue.


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