Vincent Kompany says joining Anderlecht as player-supervisor is the “most enthusiastic yet objective” choice he has made in the wake of declaring he has left Manchester City.
The 33-year-old has marked a three-year manage the Belgian club following 11 years at Etihad Stadium, eight of which he spent as club skipper.
Saturday’s 6-0 FA Cup last win over Watford was Kompany’s last diversion for City, subsequent to winning four Premier League titles, two FA Cups and four League Cups.
In an open letter on Facebook, Belgium protector Kompany said leaving City “doesn’t feel genuine”.
“Endless of times have I envisioned this day,” he said. “All things considered, the end has felt adjacent for such a large number of years.
“Man City has given me everything. I’ve attempted to give back as much as I could.”
In a second letter discharged hours after the fact, Kompany declared his turn to Anderlecht, who said his entry denoted the “arrival of the sovereign”.
“I need to impart my insight to the following purple ages,” said Kompany, who originally joined Anderlecht at six years old.
‘The opportunity has arrived to go’
Focus back Kompany joined City from Hamburg as a guarded midfielder in 2008 and was named club chief three years after the fact.
He scored his last objective against Leicester on 6 May, a splendid strike from 25 yards that was cast a ballot objective of the period on BBC Match of the Day.
That triumph took City to inside one win of the Premier League title, which they fixed on the last day of the period with triumph at Brighton.
“The opportunity has arrived for me to go now,” Kompany said.
“As overpowering as it may be, I feel only thankfulness. I am thankful to every one of the individuals who upheld me on an extraordinary voyage, at an uncommon club.
“I recollect the main day, as clear as I see the last. I recollect the vast thoughtfulness I got from the general population of Manchester.
“I will always remember how all Man City supporters stayed faithful to me on great occasions and particularly terrible occasions. Against the chances, you have constantly supported me and enlivened me to never surrender.”
City director Khaldoon Al Mubarak stated: “There have been numerous significant supporters of Manchester City’s renaissance, yet apparently none could really compare to Vincent Kompany.
“He characterizes the pith of the club. For 10 years he has been the backbone, the spirit, and pulsating heart of a remarkably capable squad.
“A blasting voice in the changing area yet a tranquil and marked minister off it, Vincent can be as pleased with himself as we are of him.”