Vincent Kompany: Former Man City Captain Retires as Player to Become Anderlecht Manager

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Former Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has retired as a player to become manager of Anderlecht on a four-year deal.

Kompany rejoined the Belgian club as player-manager last summer but relinquished his managerial duties on match days in August in order to concentrate on playing.

Kompany, 34, left City at the end of the 2018/19 season after making 360 appearances across all competitions in order to return to his boyhood club.

The 34-year-old replaces Franky Vercauteren as Anderlecht boss.

“I want to fully commit to my role as a coach and need 100% of my time and focus for it,” said Kompany.

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

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.”

Kompany will take charge of Anderlecht for the first time against Mouscron on Sunday.

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