Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany vows to come back stronger

The defender endured a difficult season but says suggestions he is over the hill are wide of the mark.

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has vowed to the Manchester Evening News to come back stronger next season.

The 29-year-old had a poor season last year as struggled with both injuries and poor form, ultimately being left sitting on the bench by manager Manuel Pellegrini.

City missed their inspirational leader of old though as they conceded their Premier League crown to Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea side, with his replacements Eliaquim Mangala and Martin Demichelis failing to impress consistently.

Kompany, however, has vowed to come back stronger next season and is prepared to show it on the pitch.

“The truth is that I can play football - don’t worry - and I’m coming back even stronger than before,” he told the MEN.

“I have to show it on the pitch. I don’t have a choice. That’s the challenge for me. Every day, I wake up in the morning motivated to go to work and ‘kill’ myself in training if necessary, because I know there are many things to come.”

City’s poor performances in both the Premier League and Europe last season led to suggestions from several pundits that there will need to be a major overhaul of the squad this summer.

Several of the club’s biggest stars came in for criticism for their standards over the season, with stalwarts Kompany and Toure in particular berated and accused of being past their best.

Kompany though, has rubbished those rumours saying he is determined to prove he is still able to achieve a higher level than he has already shown.

“I’m 29, and I want to show that I am still able to achieve a higher level than I have shown up till now,” he added.

“Up until November, it was a very good season,” he said. After that, there were some injuries, and it was difficult to get my rhythm back. That’s why I can’t wait for the season to start. I’m hungrier now than when I was 17 and I made my first-team debut at Anderlecht.”

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