Thursday 26 July 2012
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has committed himself to the Barclays Premier League champions until 2018.
The Belgian defender has signed a six-year contract with City, the longest deal handed out in the club's recent history.
The 26-year-old skippered City as they won the 2011/12 Barclays Premier League, their first title in in 44 years.
"For me, if you are good somewhere then there is no reason to look elsewhere," Kompany told City's website.
"The fans have given me an incredible reception which is one of the main reasons that I signed this new deal"
- Vincent Kompany
"Man City as a project is not just a project of the owners or the people employed by the club, it is also my project.
"I have been here since the beginning and I have seen everything at the club change inside and out.
"I have the feeling that I have contributed to it too. It is good to know that I can be at City for another six years. It is a compliment that the club feels so highly of me.
"Hopefully, in the future I will have a bigger impact than I already have. I am good here. The fans have given me an incredible reception which is one of the main reasons that I signed this new deal.
"My family is happy and there are so many more trophies to win at this club – that is why it makes it so special.
"I take it with great pride that I have been chosen to be captain and lead this team.
"Especially in England, more than other competitions, being the captain has got a lot more responsibility involved with it.
"I met a lot of people in a lot of different countries and they have all got their reminders of the moment we won"
- Vincent Kompany
"I thrive on responsibility; the more I get the more I perform, I am at the right club because I have built something here already.
"I have never denied that this can sometimes be the hardest team in the League of which to be captain, but like I said I am all about responsibility and challenge.
"This Man City project was probably one of the most difficult projects in Europe to be part of and so far we have all done a gone job even though a lot of people said [success] wasn't going to happen so quickly.
"I like the kind of characters that we have in our team, I like the challenges we have ahead of us.
"Now is the time to build the culture of winning. We are in the right time; we are in the right moment."
Kompany has made 126 Barclays Premier League appearances since joining City in 2008 from Hamburg.
He was a vital part of a City defence which conceded only 29 goals during their title-winning campaign – the best record in the League.
The Belgium international said the dramatic championship success, clinched with two late goals in a 3-2 win over Queens Park Rangers in the final match of the season, would be talked about by City fans for "50 or 100 years".
"We have laid the foundations and now we want to win more"
- Vincent Kompany
But he insisted the club would not be complacennt and would looki to push for even greater success.
"I have travelled a lot this summer all over the world and our story has been a big story everywhere," he said.
"It made a huge impact, including here in China and Asia in general [where City are currently on a pre-season tour].
"I met a lot of people in a lot of different countries and they have all got their reminders of the moment we won and how they experienced it in some way.
"We have laid the foundations and now we want to win more. If we do that then we can be one of the most successful clubs for a long time to come and that is the aim.
"I can't wait to get started again. I am really excited about the season ahead."
Manchester City meet Arsenal in Beijing's iconic 80,000-capacity 'Bird's Nest' Stadium on Friday as part of their Asia Tour.
The Barclays Premier League champions begin the defence of their title at home against newly promoted Southampton on August 19th.