Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has announced that his 11-year spell with the club has come to an end.
Kompany has been a key part of City’s success over the past decade. But injury problems have become a regular occurrence in the last couple of seasons, which had raised doubts over his long-term future.
The 33-year-old defender lifted the FA Cup on Saturday evening to complete a historic domestic treble for Pep Guardiola’s side after thrashing Watford 6-0 at Wembley.
Kompany has now won four Premier League titles, two FA Cups, four League Cups and two Community Shields in his 11 years at the Etihad Stadium.
Following his 360th appearance for City, however, the Belgian confirmed in an open letter on social media that his time in Manchester is over.
“We’ve just seen the close of an incredible season. My 11th as a Blue,” Kompany wrote on a Facebook post.
“And I cannot believe I’m writing this but … also my last as a Blue. Countless of times have I imagined this day, after all, the end has felt nearby for so many years. It still doesn’t feel real.
“Man City has given me everything. I’ve tried to give back as much as I possibly could. How often does someone get the chance to end such an important chapter, representing a club with such great history and tradition, in such a great fashion?
“The time has come for me to go now.
“As overwhelming as it is, I feel nothing but gratefulness. I am grateful to all those who supported me on a special journey, at a very special club.
“I remember the first day, as clear as I see the last. I remember the boundless kindness I received from the people of Manchester.
“I will never forget how all Man City supporters remained loyal to me in good times and especially bad times. Against the odds, you have always backed me and inspired me to never give up.
“[Chairman] Sheikh Mansour changed my life and that of all the City fans around the world, for that I am forever grateful. A blue nation has arisen and challenged the established order of things, I find that awesome.
“I cherish the counsel and leadership of a good human being, Khaldoon Al Mubarak. Man City could not be in better hands.”
Kompany added: “It’s cliché to say it but it’s also so true: without my teammates, I would have never been here today. We fought many battles together. Side by side. In good times and in bad. So to all of you, from the 2008-2009 squad to today’s domestic Treble winners: I owe you guys!
“A special word also to Pep and the backroom staff: you’ve been superb. You’ve followed me through so much hardship. You made me come back stronger every time. Thank you so much.
“I also want to use this platform to express the love that I have for my nearest and dearest.
“It knows no boundaries. Carla, Sienna, Sire and Kai, the one and only quadruple that matters.
“My dad (Pierre), Christel and François, my true Invincibles.
“I live with only one regret. I would have loved to take my mother, Jocelyne, to the Etihad, seeing her chant the City songs sat next to my children and wife.
“I would have wanted her to see me happy, playing the game that I love at a club that I love. Deep down, I know she’s been with us through all this time.”
Kompany will be making an announcement on his future plans later on.