Vincent Kompany will be Man City’s signing of the summer
Sharethematch.com examines why it is vital Manchester City tie captain Vincent Kompany down to long-term deal
Kompany will be City’s signing of the summer
Vincent Kompany is set to commit long-term to Manchester City and is going to be making £34m in the process – and it could be City’s most important summer signing.
The Belgian has apparently been offered a five-year contract which is worth around £130,000-a-week – and it is nothing more than he deserves.
The 26-year-old was one of the Premier League’s best players last year, showcasing his abilities not only on the field but also his leadership off the pitch.
Roberto Mancini has a debt of gratitude to pay to his big centre-half because the Italian would not be signing his lucrative deal to stay at City if it were not for Kompany.
Mancini’s confrontational management style very nearly tore City’s season apart at the seams but he was lucky that there was some Belgian glue on hand to hold things together.
After taking over from Carlos Tévez, Kompany kept the explosive City dressing room in relative harmony against all odds, especially when they very nearly threw away the title.
Of course, it had to be Kompany who scored what was probably the most vital goal of the season – minus Sergio Aguero’s literal title winner – against Manchester United and the derby rivals will not be looking forward to handling him again.
And in all that time, Kompany appears to buck the trend of modern footballers by appearing humble and intelligent. City need to get him signed up to whatever he wants – the man is different class.
Kagawa passes first test
Shinji Kagawa, United’s £17m summer, enjoyed a first outing for his new club as the Reds drew 1-1 with Ajax Cape Town.
Japanese media were quick to put together a highlight reel of United’s Asian recruit. He came to Old Trafford with a reputation for his incisive passing and intelligent play and this was already on display this weekend.
Javier Hernandez, who crossed in expertly only for Kagawa to clip the post with a header – the only blemish on a sparkling performance – was dubbed the bargain signing two seasons ago, and Kagawa could be the shrewdest move this summer.
Forget about Eden Hazard – he will prove to carry too much baggage to Stamford Bridge – here we have a young and hungry player keen to stamp his mark.
Kagawa was certainly the summer bargain outside of United two years ago. Then an unknown 21-year-old, he joined Borussia Dortmund for just £300,000 from Japanese outfit Cerezo Osaka.
His team-mate at Dortmund, Nuri Sahin, now at Real Madrid, said: “The boy plays like an angel.” He propelled the German side to two titles in two years.
Last season, when he notched up 17 goals and contributed 13 assists for Dortmund, he was selected in the prestigious European Sports Media team of the season – a feat not achieved by Andrés Iniesta and David Silva.
He is exceptional in behind the frontman and equally effective from the left. As indicated against their South African opponents, he will introduce pace, penetration and urgency to a side that curiously appeared indecisive and monotonous in possession for large parts of last season.
He could be the catalyst for success this season.
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