Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola concedes that Vincent Kompany’s injury problems may force him to make a difficult decision over his future.
The Belgian centre-back has been a key part of the City squad for over a decade and has managed 347 appearances in all competitions.
Kompany has led City to three Premier League titles, three EFL Cups, two Community Shields and the FA Cup.
But injury problems have been a growing issue for the 32-year-old in the last couple of seasons with Guardiola well aware that his fitness could have a vital impact over talks for a contract extension.
“I think [the future] is an issue to speak with Vincent about,” said Guardiola, according to SportsMax.
“We have no doubts about his quality, we miss him when he can’t play.
“He’s important as our captain and he gives us extra that few central defenders can, but the reality is in the last five years he’s played few games. We’ll discuss that with his agent and decide.
“I’d like to say that, with the club, the sentimental issue is important. The new people have to feel for the players who’ve been here a long time. We cannot forget what they’ve done.
“I don’t like clubs to say ‘it’s done and now go’, but there comes a moment when it’s over for everyone. It’s not my decision, always it has to be together with the club.
“We have spoken many times about the reality but it’s his decision with the club. I’m not involved in negotiations, I give my opinion.”
As for whether Kompany can become a manager like him one day, Guardiola replied: “He can be [a manager], of course.
“I don’t know what he’ll do – I’ve not spoken to him and their future belongs to them – but if he wants to be then, of course, he can.”