Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Kompany Man ; Blues Legends Vincent Kompany

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Kompany Man ; Blues Legends Vincent Kompany

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INCENT VINCENT Kompany arrived shortly before City became a awash with Abu Dhabi oil money - but the centre-back has been as pivotal to their success as any of the superstar signings who have been lured to the Etihad since.

Kompany - a Pounds 6m signing from Hamburg in 2008 - was the greatest legacy of Mark Hughes' short tenure in charge.

Relatively unknown when he headed to these shores, the Belgium arrived as a versatile player who could operate in mid[Dagger]eld or defence.

But it was his permanent transition to the heart of City's rearguard that saw him establish himself as one of the [Dagger]nest defenders in Europe.

Classy and powerful, Kompany has been the outstanding centre- back in England over the past three years.

Installed as captain, his leadership qualities have been key to City winning two Premier League titles in the space of three years - an ambassador on and offi the pitch.

KOMPANY's inOEuence has been immense during a period of dramatic change at the Etihad.

Managers and high pro-[Dagger]le players have come and gone, but the 28-year-old has remained a rock - the foundation on which City have built their recent success. Named in the Premier League team of the year for three of the last four seasons, his performances on the pitch have been appreciated by his peers.

And his derby-winning goal against United in the run-in to the title in 2012 was a measure of his importance to the side.

Rising to head past David de Gea at the Etihad, it was his goal that effiectively swung the title in City's favour that season, even if it did take late dramatics on the [Dagger]nal day of the season against QPR to get Roberto Mancini's side over the line. …

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