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Pep adamant that Kompany still has a major role to play



Vincent Kompany

Vincent Kompany

Vincent Kompany

Manchester City's veteran defender Vincent Kompany is still in Pep Guardiola's plans for the future, despite the acquisition of club-record signing Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao.

The Belgium captain has made just 11 appearances this season and has been unable to sustain any significant spell in the side due to the recurrence of injuries.

Laporte started City's 3-0 triumph over West Brom last week - 24 hours after signing - but Kompany was brought back for Saturday's 1-1 draw against Burnley at Turf Moor.

With City still in four competitions, Guardiola believes the Belgian can still have a major part to play, claiming: "Vincent is fit. It was so important for us to play Vincent in these kind of games, and Vincent in these kinds of games is a top player."

Kompany is also motivated and determined to fight for his place.

"If I stay fit, I want to play at City. If I'm not, I won't have other options," he said. "I don't know if I could muster the same motivation elsewhere. I may seem high maintenance, but I'm a professional and work hard."

Belfast Telegraph