Saturday 21 April 2018

'Fit' Kompany closer to City exit following Monaco snub

Vincent Kompany. Photo: Reuters / Tony O'Brien
Vincent Kompany. Photo: Reuters / Tony O'Brien

James Ducker

Vincent Kompany was left out of Manchester City's Champions League defeat against Monaco despite being fit.

The captain is now braced to be one of the high-profile casualties of the club's most expensive summer overhaul since Abu Dhabi's takeover nine years ago.

Kompany has been fit for the past three weeks but, even though he travelled to Monaco, the Belgium centre-half was omitted from Pep Guardiola's 18-man squad and watched on as more defensive disarray caused City to blow a two-goal first-leg advantage to lose 3-1 and crash out on away goals after a 6-6 aggregate scoreline.

Guardiola has been phasing out Kompany since last October amid concerns about his quality on the ball in addition to his long-standing injury problems and the captain's snub against Monaco, despite City's glaring need for a defensive leader, marks another step towards the exit door at the Etihad Stadium.

However, well-placed sources at City were shocked by Kompany's omission against Monaco.

Aleksandar Kolarov, again deployed as a makeshift centre-back, was at fault for Monaco's decisive third goal.

But Guardiola, who has failed to deliver the progress City's hierarchy expected after they publicly derided results under Manuel Pellegrini last term, has been given the green light to rip up the squad during the close season, when the club's gross spending could surpass the record £172.8m outlay he made last summer.


Guardiola signed nine players last summer, three of whom were sent out on loan, and another period of substantial churn awaits with the Catalan hoping to recruit up to seven new players, while there are doubts over the futures of as many as 19 of his existing squad.

Gael Clichy, Yaya Toure, Pablo Zabaleta, Bacary Sagna, Jesus Navas, Willy Caballero and Tosin Adarabioyo are all out of contract in June.

Toure and Caballero appear to have the best chance of netting new deals. City will seek buyers for Joe Hart, Samir Nasri, Eliaquim Mangala, Wilfried Bony and Jason Denayer, all of whom are out on loan and surplus to requirements.

Fernando and Kolarov are entering the final 12 months of their contracts and could leave and there are doubts over Fabian Delph and Kelechi Iheanacho.

Sergio Aguero will discuss his future in June.

Guardiola is interested in Tottenham's Kyle Walker and Danny Rose, Southampton's Ryan Bertrand and Joshua Kimmich of Bayern Munich as well as Fabinho of Monaco and Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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