Vincent Kompany has no intention of turning his back on Manchester City — even though his days of being first-choice are over.
Blues’ captain Kompany will be 33 when his contract expires next year, and he has fallen behind John Stones, Nicolas Otamendi and new £57million signing Aymeric Laporte in the central defensive pecking order.
The injury-plagued Belgium international has suffered two more of his significant lay-offs this season but insists he will not be leaving in the summer, despite concerns over his long-term fitness.
“That’s not even a debate,” said Kompany.
“If you’re fit, you have many options and a lot of clubs. If you’re not fit, you don’t have many opportunities and not many clubs.
“If I stay fit, I’ll want to play football at City. And if I’m not fit, I won’t have other options.
“I don’t know if I could muster the same motivation elsewhere.
“It may seem that I’m high maintenance, but I’m a good professional and I work so hard on my return. The longer I’m available, the more chance I’ll get to play more matches.”
Kompany started Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Burnley after being rested for Pep Guardiola’s Quadruple chasers’ 3-0 win over West Brom three days earlier.
The centre-back also has sights on this summer’s World Cup, and admits a talent-packed Belgium side must finally live up to expectations in Russia after disappointing in the last two major tournaments.
The Belgians and England have been drawn in the same first-phase group, and Kompany said: “The opportunity for us is great — but we still have work to do.
“In 2014 and 2016, we had a right to failure, because we had a young team. But over the next few years we can’t use that excuse.
“We need to be tactically stronger, which will help us physically and technically.”
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