As the man who lifted Manchester City’s first Premier League title, Vincent Kompany will have been as disappointed with any after the club’s trophy-less 2012-13 campaign.
Here’s a profile of the Citizens’ superstar, including a scouting report and a rundown of just where Kompany could be moving in the coming months.
Contract Situation: Kompany signed a six-year extension in 2012, the longest contract in Manchester City history, which will run out in 2018.
Career Stops: Anderlecht (2000-06), Hamburg (2006-08), Manchester City (2008-present).
Current Campaign: Premier League—26 appearances, one goal, 11 clean sheets; Champions League—six appearances, no goals, no clean sheets; FA Cup—four appearances, no goals, two clean sheets.
One of the standout candidates in Manchester City’s rise to English acclaim, club captain Kompany has been one of the more consistent features at the Etihad Stadium in recent seasons.
Having been selected as the 2011-12 Premier League Player of the Year, it was the Belgian centre-back that led City to their maiden Premier League crown, but a dip in form has gone hand in hand with the club’s decline this time around.
Arguably his side’s most influential figure, it’s no surprise that a series of small injuries to Kompany has seen City’s defence drop its standards in the current campaign.
One of the strongest tacklers in the league, one of Kompany’s weaker points lies in aerial combat, with Squawka.com statistics claiming that the defender won just over 65 percent of all headed battles this season.
For months, it’s been reported that Barcelona may look to capitalise upon Manchester City’s gloom by making a move for their star defender and adding some much-needed strength to their own back line in the process.
The Mirror recently reported that Kompany would be Barcelona’s “No.1 target this summer” and would be expected to cost them around £20 million.