Kompany bowed out in style – Goater
Shaun Goater believes outgoing Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany still has much to offer the club and hopes the Belgian’s services can be retained in another capacity.
“I think he has still so much to offer in terms of the young players coming through and being around the club,” Goater, who netted 84 goals in 184 appearances for City, told Sky Sports.
“We don’t now but I’d like to think there’s some ambassadorial role for him because he’s absolutely brilliant for the club.”
Kompany played his last game for City in their 6-0 FA Cup final victory over Watford at Wembley Stadium last weekend. He will continue his career as player-manager of his first professional club Anderlecht.
“What a way to bow out, what he’s done for the club,” Goater added.
“He is the DNA of the club. I’m so proud for him to have being captain, him leading the club, everything he’s done for the club. I couldn’t speak highly enough of him.
“He’s evolved as a player. He was a holding midfielder then evolved into a world-class centre back.
“A brilliant player. You still see the midfield assets of his when he drives forward from the defensive third.”
Kompany joined City in 2008 and went on to make 360 appearances for the club and play an integral role in the four Premier League titles, two FA Cups, four League Cups and two Community Shields.
His final season was plagued by injuries, which limited him to 26 appearances in all competitions. However, he still had a major role in helping City pip Liverpool to the title, scoring a dramatic goal against Leicester City in their penultimate league of the campaign.
“I still clap today for that goal,” Goater said. “What a goal. What a goal to go out with.”
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