Vincent Kompany: '50% Clown, 50% Leader' Bernardo Silva Will Be Man City Captain

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistMay 14, 2019

Manchester City's Belgian defender Vincent Kompany (L) celebrates with Manchester City's Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva (R) after winning the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between Basel and Manchester City at the Saint Jakob-Park Stadium in Basel on February 13, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / SEBASTIEN BOZON        (Photo credit should read SEBASTIEN BOZON/AFP/Getty Images)

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has backed Bernardo Silva to succeed him in the role at the Etihad Stadium, despite his fondness for jokes.

Per Goal's Tom Storer, Kompany's contract with the Sky Blues is up this summer, and he's set to sit down with manager Pep Guardiola to make a decision on whether to extend his stay at the club.

City will need a new skipper if he leaves, and the Belgian told RMC (h/t Storer) that Silva could take over:

"I say to him often you are 50 per cent clown, 50 per cent leader.

"When he becomes 25 per cent clown, 75 per cent leader he will become the captain of this team.

"He is so strong and to be honest there is nobody who deserves this title more."

Silva arrived from Monaco in 2017 and his team-mates often like to joke at his expense:

B/R Football @brfootball

And now an announcement from @BernardoCSilva #JusticeForBernardo https://t.co/qhwF0gnO94

The 24-year-old has developed into a crucial player during his time at the Etihad, having struggled to hold down a starting berth last year.

The Portugal international has notched 12 goals and 13 assists in all competitions this season, splitting his time between midfield and the right flank.

His ingenuity, creativity and technique have compensated for Kevin De Bruyne's frequent injury-enforced absences this term, and he covers an enormous amount of ground, too.

Silva has also taken the opportunity to encourage younger players coming through such as Phil Foden:

Soccer AM @SoccerAM

Great touch from Bernardo Silva giving his Man of the Match award to Phil Foden! 👍 https://t.co/GdAvNpu3zB

Guardiola has been full of praise for the diminutive schemer:


Pep thinks Bernardo Silva has been the Premier League’s best player this season. https://t.co/wrqVoGTb0U

James Robson of the Evening Standard and Grup 14's Rafael Hernandez are also among his many admirers:

James Robson @jamesrobsonES

Bernardo Silva couldn’t get in this City team last season. Can’t think of a team anywhere he wouldn’t get into now

Rafael Hernández @RafaelH117

Bernardo Silva is my choice as Manchester City’s best this season. He has all the technical quality in the world, but what really stands out: he never stops trying and running, unstoppable will.

Kompany has been an outstanding servant for the club since he joined in 2008, and while at 33, he's no longer the force he once was, he remains an incredible leader in the side.

Whenever he moves on, a player with Silva's attitude and commitment would make a fine choice to don the armband in his stead.

Silva will have arrived at the club as a long-term successor to 33-year-old David Silva, but he could find himself filling in for another City legend in a different capacity in the near future.