Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has extended his contract at Eastlands until 2018.
The whopping 6 year deal is just reward for the central defender, who was inspirational last season as he became the first captain to lead City to domestic glory since Tony Book in 1968. The Belgium international defender told the club website:
“For me, if you are good somewhere then there is no reason to look elsewhere. Man City is not just a project of the owners or the people employed by the club – it is also my project.
“I have been here since the beginning and I have seen everything at the club change inside and out. I have the feeling that I have contributed to it too. It is good to know that I can be at City for another six years. It is a compliment that the club feels so highly of me.
Hopefully, in the future I will have a bigger impact than I already have. I am good here. The fans have given me an incredible reception, which is one of the main reasons that I signed this new deal. My family is happy and there are so many more trophies to win at this club – that is why it makes it so special.
I have never denied that this can sometimes be the hardest team in the league of which to be captain, but I am all about responsibility and challenge. This Man City project was probably one of the most difficult projects in Europe to be part of and so far we have all done a good job, even though a lot of people said it [success] wasn’t going to happen so quickly.
I like the kind of characters that we have in our team. I like the challenges we have ahead of us. Now is the time to build the culture of winning. We are in the right time. We are in the right moment.”
Kompany was signed by former Blues manager Mark Hughes from Hamburg in 2008 and has gone on to become one of the more popular players at the Etihad. He was named Manchester City Official Supporter’s Player of the Year and Player’s Player of the Year in the 2010–11 season. He perhaps etched his name into the club’s eternal folklore with a headed goal against rivals Manchester United on 30 April; he scored a header from a David Silva corner and the game finished 1-0 to City, which put them in first place ahead of their rivals on goal difference with only two games of the season remaining.
The title would eventually be decided on goal difference. Kompany is currently away at City’s training camp in Austria as they prepare for Friday’s high-profile friendly against Arsenal at Beijing’s Birds Nest Stadium.