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Football | Vincent Kompany leaves Manchester City
One of the best CB’s @premierleague has ever seen & one of @ManCity greatest ever players! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 https://t.co/iRSZ0bYOZt — Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) May 19, 2019 Kompany's last goal for City was a stunning strike against Leicester, one which put one hand on the title for City. The Belgian signed for City for Hamburg as a holding midfielder in 2008, put quickly established himself as a leader in the heart of defence. He will go down as the club's greatest ever defender, and may be regarded as some as their greatest player. However, Kompany says the time has come for him to leave Manchester. "The time has come for me to go now," Kompany said. "As overwhelming as it is, I feel nothing but gratefulness. I am grateful to all those who supported me on a special journey, at a very special club. "I remember the first day, as clear as I see the last. I remember the boundless kindness I received from the people of Manchester. "I will never forget how all Man City supporters remained loyal to me in good times and especially bad times. Against the odds, you have always backed me and inspired me to never give up." City will hold a testimonial for their departing captain in September, with all the proceeds going to the homeless community in Manchester. Kompany joined Anderlecht at the age of nine, and represented the club at senior level from 2003 to 2006 before joining Hamburg. Anderlecht are the most successful club in Belgian history, but are currently sixth in the league. "I have decided to take up the challenge at RSC Anderlecht. Player-Manager," Kompany wrote. "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. "This may come as a surprise to you. It's the most passionate yet rational decision I've ever made. "As a footballer, I was born and raised at RSC Anderlecht. Since the age of 6, I have been one with that club. A history of 34 league titles, they are second to none."