Manchester City made possibly their most critical signing of the summer transfer window this week, after captain Vincent Kompany agreed a new contract with the club.
Kompany’s deal will keep him at City for six more seasons, a timeframe that will span the best years of the Belgian’s career.
For City – who have been linked with a host of huge stars this summer – the confirmation of Kompany’s future should be the catalyst for further trophies at Eastlands.
For Kompany has grown with the rise of City since being bought by then-manager Mark Hughes in 2008.
His first season was rocky and inconsistent, suggesting Hughes had signed the Belgian on the back of a Youtube video alone.
But as the squad has moulded and developed, so has Kompany, and he now sits top of the pile among a number of strong defenders.
Paralleling his rise has been City’s success, with an FA Cup and Premier League title now in the trophy cabinet.
The importance of Kompany at the back during both these triumphs has been noted by many, and respected throughout the betting world.
The key to City’s success has been through the likes of Kompany, who – with constant squad changes going on in other positions – has provided stability in one crucial area of the pitch.
His command and positional play at the back last season was matched by none in the Premier League, and while manager Roberto Mancini continually tinkered with his forward line, the defence was left almost to organise itself.
The 26-year-old was well within his right to depart Eastlands in search of pastures new, with Real Madrid or Juventus both muted as ‘iconic’ destinations.
But his desire to stay at City shows the club are moving in the right direction, creating a dynasty, not a one-season anomaly.
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