Defending Premier League champions Manchester City are reportedly in talks with skipper Vincent Kompany over a contract extension, but manager Pep Guardiola has admitted that the club have concerns over his fitness.
The 32-year-old is entering the final six months of his contract and while both the player and the manager want him to stay at the Etihad, there are concerns over his fitness, with the Belgian only making 51 appearances in the past three-and-a-half seasons.
PEP 💬 Yes, we are considering (extending @VincentKompany‘s contract) and we are talking.
I would like him to stay. He is our captain and has been here 10 years.
We saw in the last games against Southampton and Liverpool that he is a huge personality. pic.twitter.com/bqb1Lq4LBD
— Manchester City (@ManCity) January 8, 2019
“We are considering [a contract extension], we are talking about that. I would like it. He’s our captain, 11 years here, we saw in the last two games the huge quality and personality he has to play, the only problem with Vincent is one — his injury problems,” Guardiola said in a press conference.
“One against one absolutely we’re better when Vincent plays. [Aymeric] Laporte has a better left foot, every central defender has his own quality but there’s no doubt Vincent has something special with his charisma, winning the duels, it’s incredible, he’s one of the best central defender I’ve ever seen. The problem is whether he’s fit.”
Kompany who when fit is arguably one of the best defenders in the world, is in his 11th season with City making 347 appearances so far and helping the club win three Premier League titles and one FA Cup.