Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 13
Manchester City are ready to offer Vincent Kompany a mega-contract worth £60 million to end his career with the club, according to reports.
The captain remains an integral part of the Etihad side's success, helping City to capture two Premier League titles, the FA Cup, League Cup and Community Shield since joining in 2008. Kompany will be rewarded for his service with a whopping offer, as reported by Jack Gaughan of the Daily Mail:
"The 28-year-old only signed his last deal at the Etihad Stadium in 2012 but Manuel Pellegrini wants the central defender to pen a new contract worth £200,000-a-week for the next six years," writes Gaughan.
Kompany's likely contract renewal may coincide with the Belgian receiving a new central-defensive partner in the shape of Eliaquim Mangala. City are reportedly on the verge of agreeing a deal for the 23-year-old Porto star who has the potential to be Kompany's long-term successor, reported by David Maddock of the Mirror.
Bleacher Report UK's Sam Tighe offers thoughts as to how the duo may line up:
Mangala is raw and hasn't got *that* much valuable football under his belt. That said, a Mangala-Kompany partnership is enticing.— Sam Tighe (@stighefootball) July 25, 2014
@deldorisma I think Mangala can take the aggressor role and Kompany can drop off. Kompany struggles defending high anyway.— Sam Tighe (@stighefootball) July 25, 2014
Martin Demichelis may be relegated to a rotational role after improving his form at the back end of last season, while Matija Nastasic will need to up his quality if he is to be considered for a consistent place in the Chilean manager's side.
Nastasic may even be pushed through the exit door if Mangala arrives, per Tuttosport (via The Independent).
Kompany will likely remain the club's most important defender throughout the coming years, no matter who he plays alongside.
Despite continued injury problems during his Premier League tenure, he continues to return with confidence. Kompany is a natural leader at the heart of the team, where he offers a powerful and immensely reliable safety net for the Sky Blues.
Is Vincent Kompany one of the Premier League's greatest ever players?
Much of his excellence stems from an exquisite reading of the game. Kompany regularly snuffs danger out before it can develop, whether it be via a last-ditch sliding tackle, lunging block or towering header.
He is a tidy passer, confident enough to skip around opponents when in possession and netted an impressive quartet of goals during 28 Premier League appearances last season, per WhoScored.com.
The defender is one of those rare professionals who regularly receives admiration from rival fans. Alongside Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero, Kompany can be considered one of the City players who has truly altered the club's history.
His extended stay is also aided by the fact he usually plays the game with an extremely positive attitude. As highlighted during BT Sport's video of Kompany reading "Mean Tweets," he doesn't take himself too seriously:
Kompany is expected to lead City's title charge during the 2014-15 season. The club will aim to retain the Premier League title for the first time in their history, but they will face a challenging time against improving Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham squads, not to mention neighbours Manchester United.
Pellegrini will be landing arguably City's most important signing of the summer when Kompany inks his new deal.
Like Wayne Rooney at United or Steven Gerrard at Liverpool, there are some players who become indispensable due to their commitment and continued quality on the pitch. Kompany is certainly in that bracket.