The 2016-17 season of the English Premier League was the debut season of Pep Guardiola as the head coach of Manchester City and the Spanish manager was able to push the English outfit to the 3rd spot of the top tier league. Even though finishing at a 3rd position is fairly impressive and can be… Read more PEP: WE ARE BETTER NOW


Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany has admitted to aging as he enters his tenth year at the Etihad. The 31-year old has missed numerous games in the last two years as he struggled with injuries. He happily admits that he is no longer the player that joined from Hamburg under Mark Hughes but that he… Read more KOMPANY ADMITS TO AGING


Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is set to replace veteran defender and skipper Vincent Kompany as his injuries worsen.

The Sky Blues are amongst the latest club that are lining up to buy Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk. Reports say the Catalan boss is looking at making Virgil Kompany’s permanent replacement.

Guardiola signed John Stones from Everton for £50 million during the summer, but the Three Lions star has not had as much impact in the hear of the defence. Whilst City remain league title contenders, their chances are not as good with the superior performance by rivals. Hence, the need to reinforce when the transfer window reopens. Aside Van Dijk, City are keen on landing Euro 2016 winner William Carvalho, according to the Daily Mail.

Everton and Liverpool were the leading contenders to sign Van Dijk but it seems Etihad are willing to displace the clubs. Reports say the Citizens sent scouts to watch Van Dijk during the Premier League draw with Liverpool as they seek for a long-term replacement for Kompany. On the other hand, Carvalho would fill the void that would eventually be left by Yaya Toure’exit.

The boots of both City legends would be difficult to fill but Guardiola can only hope the additions make the anticipated impact. Both are fans’ favourites and would be difficult to replace. However, the replacements are necessary given the conditions of the players. Kompany has been injured for almost two and half years and it has affected City’s performance in the last two seasons, as the defence has been uncoordinated. According to Physioroom, the player has been injured for 878 days since his move in 2008. The Belgium international has suffered at least 37 injuries since .

Carvalho was key in the Euro final for Portugal and Guardiola can only hope he replicates such form in the Premier League.


Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said that the veteran defender has a future at the Etihad as reports make the rounds that the Spaniard was set to axe the Belgium international when the season ends.

Injury troubles have affected the contributions of Kompany to the Sky Blues this term. The defender played 22 times for City last term but the injuries this season would make any manager uncomfortable.

“He has a contract. So of course,” Guardiola said when asked if the player has a future at the club.

“He was injured many times. We’re trying to give him faith to play,” the manager added, trying to hide his frustrations. The 30-year old player’s game time has seen a steady decline as the seasons come. He played 33 times in the 2014/15 season, four times fewer than the season before. The player has contributed a lot to the City squad since his move from Hamburg in the summer of 2008. His current deal is set to expire in 2019 but the spate of injuries might force City to trade him.

Alexander Kolarov has taken the place of the player in the current set-up. He replaced him in the game at Old Trafford in the EFL Cup. City lost the game by a lone striker from Juan Mata. Kompany made his second start of the season in the game but had to be replaced at half time as he said he was “tired.”

Kompany played a big role to the Premier League triumphs in 2012 and 2014 but the recurrent calf and shin injury worries might force him to end his man City run much earlier than he would want. It is becoming increasingly obvious that the situation would lead to a strain with Guardiola who is under pressure to perform in his first season in charge.


Head Coach of Manchester City Pep Guardiola confirmed that the club’s captain Vincent Kompany would be out for another three weeks after the Belgium international limped off in the game against Swansea City.

Guardiola said he regretted allowing the City skipper feature for the entire game, particularly when he could have eased him into action.

“Yeah, maybe yeah. Now I would like him to have played 85 minutes. He knew that. We spoke with him and said when you feel not so comfortable or tired [complain]. I didn’t ask him, but he always wants to play, he didn’t want to leave the game.

They [company and Kevin De Bruyne] are injured, unfortunately they’re not here. But we are going to do our best to recover them as soon as possible. In two, three, three-and-half weeks,” Guardiola said of the recurrent injury crisis at the Etihad.

Kompany returned to action when City played an EFL cup game against Swansea. The defender only just returned from injury but limped off in the added time due to muscle fatigue. He is reportedly in Barcelona after the club flew him to meet a specialist. The specialist hopefully would identify the root cause of the problems but he is not expected to return to action in at least three weeks.

Just before the UEFA Champions League clash with Scottish club, Celtic, the Spaniard revealed that he wished he reduced the central defender’s playing time. City have been going strong without the defender, but with more Champions League games, the team could really use his experience. The additions Guardiola made during the summer have been rewarding. At the back, John Stones who joined from Everton has been decent. However, if Kompany doesn’t return to full fitness soon, Guardiola might be forced to add another experienced defender during the January transfer window.