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Tue, 12 Nov 2019 06:01 GMT

Manchester City to Build Statue in Honour of Kompany


Ahmed Ahmed

Thu, 12 Sep 2019 00:25 GMT

Manchester City are set to honour their former captain Vincent Kompany with a statue outside the club's Etihad Stadium. AFP reported that City said that the club legend has also had a road at the club's training base named after him.

"The road connecting the City Football Academy youth and community pitches with the Club's First Team Centre has been renamed 'Vincent Kompany Crescent' and is marked by a mosaic inspired by Vincent's unforgettable goal-celebration in the 2012 Manchester derby," the statement read. 

The Belgian defender left the club after a successful 11 years to re-join his boyhood club Anderlecht. His testimonial game against Manchester United is set to be played this coming Wednesday, but the 32-year-old said he would miss the game due to an injury. 

"Unfortunately, I can't start or even play. I have a slight hamstring injury and can't risk it. It's typical me," said Kompany. 

The game will be filled with current and former Man City and Man United stars. Edwin van der Sar, Gary Neville, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs, and Robin van Persie are expected to be in the United team with former Arsenal legend Thierry Henry set to make an appearance. 

City will have some of Kompany former teammates Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko, as well as current stars Sergio Aguero and David Silva in their team. The game will help raise money for the homeless in Manchester, and Kompany was happy that two rival clubs could come together for a good cause.

"We are specifically dealing with homelessness in Greater Manchester. You can't have a successful project without Manchester United involved. We have our differences, that is clear, but if we can get together for these sorts of events, the city is stronger."