Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is set to to be the latest casualty of Pep Guardiola’s reign, according to the Daily Mail.
The Daily Mail claim that Kompany is set to leave City after being left out of their squad to face Barcelona on Wednesday. It is reported that the Belgian is match-ready and it was the decision of manager Guardiola to omit him midweek.
Both Yaya Toure and Joe Hart, two key figures in City’s success in recent years, have already been marginalised by Guardiola. It would perhaps come as no surprise to see Kompany, now 30-years-old and unable to stay fit for any prolonged period, be the next to be swept under the carpet at the Etihad.
According to Transfermarkt, Kompany has missed 43 games through injury since November 2015. They note that he has spent 295 days of the last 347 days injured. A brutal demise for one of the finest centre-backs Premier League has ever seen.
It is also reported by the Daily Mail that Kompany is growing increasingly frustrated with his lack of game time at City, and those frustrations boiled over in training ahead of the Manchester derby. It is believed that the sturdy centre-back was involved in an “angry confrontation” with team-mate Aleksander Kolarov.
Only time will tell if Kompany has a future at the Etihad, but if the Toure and Hart sagas are anything to go by – this could be the end of his City love affair.