Vincent Kompany An emotional farewell to Manchester City In front of 100,000 fans today in 2019.
Long-serving captain, now manager BurnleyHe announced he was leaving City after 11 successful years to take on the role of player-manager at Anderlecht.
As a result, the defender was the star of the show as City celebrated the historic domestic trio of the 2018/19 season with an open-top bus parade in Manchester city centre.
Speaking as the parade ended with a stage show in front of Manchester Cathedral, the Belgian said: “I gave my best for this club. I can’t tell you how proud I am of that. I have nothing left. I gave my all.”
Kompany’s future had been the subject of speculation for some time, but when he scored a spectacular winning goal against him, he knew the time was right to leave. Leicester earlier that month. His long-range shot in the penultimate game of the season secured City within one game. Premier League title.
He said: “The moment the ball went to the ‘ball bin’ against Leicester, I knew I was done! I couldn’t have done anything better. It felt right.”
Ending his speech with a microphone drop, Kompany said, “What a wonderful journey we have been making in this club for 11 years. We were always a great club without our silverware but now we have silverware and I’m really proud of it.
“This group of players – we’ve given you something you deserve for a long time. Now this team is ready to achieve much more.”
During his time with City, Kompany won 10 major trophies and a victory against Watford in the 2019 FA Cup final.
After three years at Anderlecht, Kompany returned to England to manage the Clarets in 2022 and was promoted to the Premier League at the first attempt.