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Guardiola Raises Doubts About City Star’s Future At The Club

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has raised doubts over whether captain Vincent Kompany will be handed a new contract to stay at the Etihad.

The 32-year-old’s current deal expires in the summer and speaking at his press conference yesterday, the City boss says the club won’t make a decision on his future based on sentimental reasons:

“I think it’s an issue that we have to speak with Vincent about – the club, him and his agent. We don’t have any doubts about his quality, we miss him when he is not able to play. He’s important, he is our captain and on the field, he gives us extra that few central defenders around the world can give us….”

“I would like to feel that the club knows the sentimental issue is so important. It’s not important for making decisions, but (it is) for the players who have been here a long time and helped us to build what we are right now.”

“We cannot forget what they have done. I don’t like the clubs to say, ‘OK, it’s done, go’. But, at the same time, there is a moment when it’s over for everybody. That’s why I said it’s not my decision.”

Kompany is currently out of action with a muscular problem, but he has made 14 appearances in all competitions so far this campaign.

The Belgian has not managed more than 22 games in a season since the 2014/15 campaign, with hamstring, calf, groin and knee injuries all taking their toll on the defender.

However, when he is fit, Kompany remains a very influential figure and a commanding centre-back. His last game was the 2-1 win over Liverpool, helping the Citizens secure the three points in what may prove a vital victory during the course of the title race.