Incoming Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola certainly has plans regarding the direction of the club, and the team’s current captain isn’t in them.
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In addition to Kompany’s reported exit, the Sun also suggests an overhaul across the City backline, which has taken a big step back this season.
The 29-year old Belgian has only featured in 12 Premier League fixtures this season, after battling significant muscular problems along the way.
Given Guardiola’s possession-oriented style, the potential exit for Kompany isn’t too far-fetched. In the past, Gerard Pique was a staple for Guardiola defensively during his tenure at Barcelona, and the manager is likely to seek out someone with a similar skill set.
Athletic Bilbao’s Aymeric Laporte is already a name being thrown around, as Guardiola has reportedly requested that the Citizens pursue the young defender over the summer to replace Kompany.
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While someone as experienced and disciplined as Kompany could likely be useful in helping any potential acquisition become acclimated to City’s environment, Guardiola doesn’t appear to have any interest in keeping the Belgian in the locker room.