As reported by the Mirror in 2013, the Belgian central defender was a transfer target for Barca due to his unhappiness at the Etihad Stadium. However, nothing came of the gossip, and he led City to their second Premier League title last season as captain. Champions League success is still eluding the club, and they will be looking to end that drought this season - starting by defeating Barcelona in the first knockout round.
That task is incredibly hard due to the strength of the Catalan giants, but, with the wealth and infrastructure at City, there is no doubt that they will continue to search for European success in the future. The club are set up for enduring success, meaning that they can continue to fight for the Champions League season after season. While there is no doubt that they would want to win the trophy this season, next season will see them in much the same position, and the future is looking increasingly bright.
Despite the interest from Barcelona in the past, Kompany has admitted to Marca that it is the potential that City have that kept him at the Etihad, and he has reaffirmed his desire to stay with Manuel Pellegrini’s men for the foreseeable future.
When pressed on the interest from Barca, the 28-year-old said: “It is clear that the club [Barca] had and has more tradition than City, but if I think long term, I had to think about the future, not the tradition that every club has.
“I arrived at the club when there was so much money, when it was difficult to compete. And City is growing fast. So I thought, ‘why should I go? Here is my future’.”
Although his form has dropped off this season, and he has made a number of high profile mistakes, Kompany is still considered one of the best defenders in the Premier League, and he is sure to be the centre of interest from some of Europe’s top clubs. However, he continued to address his current future, and he admitted that he intends to remain with City, having been a central part of a side that has been built up from nothing.
He added: “It's taken a long time to build. However, I have to say that my future is with City.”