Belgium defender Vincent Kompany has had his future at Manchester City placed under serious doubt, with the 30-year-old struggling to return to fitness and prove himself to new manager Pep Guardiola.
With the Premier League pre-season heating up, it is still unclear if the former Bayern Munich manager can afford to wait on experienced center-back, especially since he intends to make Manchester City Premier League title contenders once again.
Although the team are made firm favourite to with the Premier League, Guardiola is still well aware of the challenges him and his team could face. He will need to ensure that all of his players are as fit as they can be, and ready to take on Manchester United and Chelsea, who are expected to be the Citizen’s biggest competitors.
With several clubs having expressed serious interest to take Komany off Guardiola’s hands, should Man City let him leave?
The Belgium defender had a terrible last season, with the Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid bringing him his fifth separate injury of the season- having gone down groin pain whilst having possession and no one surrounding him.
It was another new injury that prevented Kompany from making the Belgium Euro 2016 squad, forcing him to miss the European Championship. Furthermore, he is now inclined to miss the pre-season tour of China with Man City, which only pushes him further away from a chance of proving his worth to the new manager.
Guardiola has already said that he thinks Kompany is a “magnificent defender”, but he has also explained that the Belgian still needs to prove his fitness if he wanted to become a key part of the Spaniard’s plans for the new season. Especially after having 33 separate injuries since joining from Hamburg.
At 30 years of age, Kompany is not getting any younger, and will need to be playing more and more regular football to keep his fitness levels up. However, result driven Guardiola is unlikely to be patient enough to wait on the defender.
Has Turkish powerhouse Besiktas offered Kompany an escape route?
According to the Express, the Turkish Champions are believed to have a massive war chest this summer, and are wanting to strengthen their team for their return to the Champions League. They are planning an ambitious £25 million bid for the Man City captain, which the English club are said to be considering.
In addition, Guardiola is now said to be assessing his options and analysing the market to further strengthen his own team in time for the challenges he is soon to be facing. The manager has already picked out a few transfer targets that he has had his eye on, including Juventus defender, Leonardo Bonucci.
The Italian international has more than proved his worth after his string of great performances for Azzurri in the European Championships. It is understandable why Guardiola is keen on this highly versatile defender. With his style of play and his strengths, he would fit in well in Guardiola’s system.
Another player he has his eye on for Man City defence is the Everton center back John Stones, who could be subject to a possible £53 million bid.
So, with Guardiola still both undecided and uncommitted on Kompany’s future in Man City, his plans on bettering the team, his eye on other players, as well as the escape route offered to Kompany, perhaps accepting a deal would be the best move for the injury prone Belgian defender?
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