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.


Manchester City and France international Bacary Sagna says he is focused on the new season under Pep Guardiola.

He also revealed that he was still haunted by the defeat at the Euro 2016 despite being host and making it to the final.

The 33-year old defender has enjoyed a decent level of success in his career but as he ages he would have a difficult time getting regular time under Guardiola but has continued to insist that he would fight for his shirt at the club. The player who has been enjoying his summer holiday in Miami says he highly respected coach is keen on changing the club for good and he is looking forward to it.

On Guardiola, Sagna said “he is very famous all over the world. He is a very respected manager.” He added that he looked forward to their forthcoming season under him especially as he is one of the best at the moment. He promised allegiance to him and said he would give his best to learn under him.

“We will try to grow as a team, step by step and we’ll try to end up as champions at the end of the season,” Sagna added.

He spoke to reporters whilst he enjoyed his holiday with Daniel Niculae, his former Auxerre team mate. They enjoyed their time at the Black Sea resort of Mamaia in the south eastern part of Romania. Sagna was pictured having a swim with his wife, Ludvine Sagna.

On Ronaldo’s injury, he said he felt bad for the star player as it was never good when such a big player got injured. He added that the team mates of Ronaldo were thinking of him and gave their best because of the incident. He added that he cried after the game as it was a big opportunity to win something for the country.

Marc Wilmots has hinted that the international career for Vincent Kompany may be over

Belgium national team manager Marc Wilmots has hinted that the international career for Vincent Kompany may be over due to the player’s numerous injury problems.

The Manchester City captain is an important part of the national team’s structure, but he has been unable to make any impact whatsoever in the last two years. It has also been the case with his club. After making only 22 appearances in all competitions for City last season, even his future at Etihad stadium has been questioned a number of times. Outgoing manager Manuel Pellegrini was the first to admit thatKompany may leave City for a new start.

At 30 years of age,Kompany will be thinking about extending his club career rather than focusing on international football. A thigh injury has ruled him out of the Euro 2016, butWilmots may have been expecting such an eventuality. After all, the player has played less than 600 minutes of action in the qualification campaign for Belgium. The presence of an unreliable player – in terms of injury – presents a lot of problem to the manager. Admitting these for the first time,Wilmots claimed that Belgium may be ready to look at a new centre back pairing in the hope of getting some stability on the back.

“We need time to establish this defence. An understanding will come, especially with the high pressing we tried.We had Kompany and Van Buyten before, we must now build a new central defensive pairing for the future of the Rode Duivels,” said the Belgian manager after the 1-1 draw with Finland. “You can see things in different ways. Our four defenders played high and created chances, but face it, there were five Finnish defenders and it was difficult to find an opening,” continued Wilmots about the game itself.