Kompany handed long-term Anderlecht deal after hanging up boots

Vincent Kompany has retired from playing and been appointed full-time Anderlecht coach for the next four years.

Kompany became player-manager of Anderlecht in May 2019 after leaving Manchester City.

“I want to fully commit to my role as a coach and need 100 per cent of my time and focus for it,” Kompany told the Anderlecht club website.

“That’s why I’m quitting as a football player.”

Kompany, 34, added: “Our ambition and our hunger remains the same.

“I want to stay with the club for at least four seasons and prove that Anderlecht can play a modern style of football, with results. I want to thank Franky (co-manager Frank Vercauteren) for all his help.”

Anderlecht chief executive Karel Van Eetvelt added: “As everybody knows, this was always the plan.

“It might have come a little sooner than expected, but Vincent committing himself for another four seasons to the club is great news for the club, our supporters and our players.”



Graeme Souness says he could “easily” see Manchester United challenging Manchester City for a deal to sign Lionel Messi.

Messi has suffered a tumultuous season at Barcelona both on and off the pitch.

Off it, he has clashed with senior Barca figures as his relationship with the club’s board has become strained.

Indeed, he hit out at sporting director Eric Abidal over his claims that certain players were unhappy with former boss Ernesto Valverde.

Meanwhile, Barca crashed out of the Champions League in humiliating circumstances, losing 8-2 to Bayern Munich. In LaLiga, Real Madrid pipped the Catalan club to the LaLiga title.

The developments come amid claims that City are keen on a move. Pep Guardiola’s side are reportedly willing to pay whatever it takes to sign the Argentine. Who has reportedly told Barca he wants to leave.

Writing in a column for The Times, however, Souness said he could see the forward at either Manchester club. Read more…