Belgian giant, Vincent Kompany, has left Manchester City to become player-manager at former club Anderlecht.
Kompany announced that he will become player-manager of Belgian side Anderlecht, after confirming that he is leaving Manchester City following 11 years with the Premier League club.
The 33-year-old defender has signed a three-year deal with the Belgian club, where he scored five goals in 73 appearances between 2003 to 2006.
In a lengthy Facebook post, Kompany outlined his plans for the future following his Etihad Stadium departure, which comes after captaining City through their most successful decade in the club’s history.
“It’s the most passionate yet rational decision I’ve ever made,” Kompany, who first joined Anderlecht at the age of six, said in an open letter on Facebook.
“I want to share my knowledge with the next purple generations.
“With that, I will also put a bit of Manchester in the heart of Belgium.”
City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said:
“There have been many important contributors to Manchester City’s renaissance, but arguably none are more important than Vincent Kompany.
“He defines the essence of the club. For a decade he has been the lifeblood, the soul, and beating heart of a supremely talented squad.
“A booming voice in the dressing room yet a quiet and measured ambassador off it, Vincent can be as proud of himself as we are of him.”