Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany have announced that he will be parting ways with the club after their FA Cuo thrashing win against Watford.
The Belgium international, who has spent 11 years with the Sky Blues, have won four Premier League trophy, two FA Cups and four League Cups scoring 20 goals in his total 360 appearances for the club.
Their 6-0 win against Watford yesterday saw the Citizens to be the first ever club in England to win the domestic treble.
The Belgian defender broke the news via his Facebook page saying: “Countless of times have I imagined this day. After all, the end has felt nearby for so many years.
“Man City has given me everything. I’ve tried to give back as much as I possibly could.”
The 33-year-old, who has always been linked with a move to Arsenal, is set to become Anderlecht Player-Manager with a deal said to have been agreed with the club.
He said via Goal: “For the next three years, I will take up the role of Player-Manager of RSC Anderlecht,” the defender wrote in an open letter to supporters. “
“This may come as a surprise to you. It’s the most passionate yet rational decision I’ve ever made.
“As a footballer, I was born and raised at RSC Anderlecht. Since the age of 6, I have been one with that club. A history of 34 league titles, they are second to none.”
“I stopped at their training grounds on my way to international duty last year,” Kompany added. “Coucke, the chairman, and Sports Director Michael Verschueren asked my opinion regarding the difficult situation the club was in.
“I shared my thoughts and listened to their vision for the future: ambitious, courageous and determined to get back to [number one]. I offered my help, no strings attached, should they need it.
“Later on in the season, newly appointed Technical Director Frank Arnesen joined and we organized some technical sessions on how to build a strong playing identity based on attractive, attacking football.
“RSCA has a tradition of having fantastic youth. You could say they have the past and the future, but struggle with the present.
“Not so long ago, I took a call from RSC Anderlecht. Quite unexpectedly, they offered me the position of Player-Manager. Michael and Frank explained to me in detail how they saw it working in practice. They had thought it through.
“Mr. Coucke, the owner, pledged full support: time, budget, framework, staff, facilities… I was left not only impressed, but also intrigued by this sign of confidence in me. It got me thinking.”