According to The Sun, Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is set to be offered a new six-year contract of £200,000 a week, which could be worth £65 million including bonuses over the six year period. This contract follows an earlier six year deal signed by the Belgian centre back in 2012, following City’s first Premier League title win.
How important is it to keep Kompany a City player for the rest of his career? Incredibly. In a transfer window full of huge money signings, the smartest piece of business this summer could be City doing so. Widely recognised as one of the best defenders in the world, Kompany has shone in the league since 201o, when he swapped his holding midfield spot for a position in the middle of the defence.
Having been included in the PFA Team of The Season three times in the last four years, winning the Player of The Year in 2012, his place as the league’s best defender is never debated. With a reputation as a modern, ‘front footed’ defender, his place in City’s setup will not only definitely benefit his team’s points tally but will prove invaluable to the development of City’s new breed of youth players, such as the similarly confident on the ball Karim Rekik and even reported new signing Eliaquim Mangala (for further analysis of Kompany’s distinctive style of defending, see this link).
Interest from Barcelona and Real Madrid last summer gave City a slight scare, so this move signals City’s hope that Vincent will continue to turn out for City for years to come, and possibly become a member of the Champions’ coaching staff following his retirement.
If anyone deserves a pay rise at City, it is their committed and incredibly talented captain.