Vincent Kompany has been pictured on the front page of Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo.
It’s becoming quite clear that Barcelona are in the market for a centre back who will be the long term replacement for Carles Puyol, as well as competing alongside the Spanish idol.
According to Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo, that player could be Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany, despite the fact his contract at the Etihad does not expire until the summer of 2018.
Barcelona would be foolish not to want a player of Kompany’s quality because he’s one of the best and most consistent centre backs currently playing top flight football, but City must not let him leave.
He is their captain and their leader and has been instrumental in the success of the side. It’s no secret the club have struggled when he’s not been available for selection because of injury.
They will not be able to replace his leadership ability if they sell him to another club and no amount of cash they get for the last five tears of his contract would be worth it, even if it’s the most ever paid for a central defender.
He’s also a very good defender and has a commanding presence, which City would do very well to hang onto for the majority of his career.
He is dominant in the air and that also makes him a threat on the rare occasions that he gets forward for set pieces. His physical size and strength reduces the chances of him getting bullied by strikers who will look to back in and hold the ball up.
He understands the direction that City are trying to head in, he understands the way Roberto Mancini wants the team to play and he understands the ideology of the club and what their current success means to the supporters.
He is one of the most important players at the club because he is consistent. He has the ability to make a makeshift defence look solid, simply because of his quality and presence.
The club also have a point to prove in terms of European football and that is something Kompany will want to be part of. City have failed to have a decent crack at the Champions League so far and it will be an aim of the Belgian’s to master that competition at his current side.
These are all things, which can’t be quickly replaced simply because of a big cheque. City absolutely need to hang onto him if they want to have any chance of maintain their success over the next two to three years.
City fans, what do you make of the front page picture?
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