Manchester City legend Vincent Kompany has offered his support for current assistant manager Mikel Arteta to one day succeed Pep Guardiola.
The Catalan coach masterminded an unprecedented domestic treble last season and was recently forced to bat away suggestions he could be planning a sabbatical if he guides City to Champions League success.
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- In 2016 Arteta joined the City backroom staff upon the appointment of Guardiola.
- Alongside his compatriot the duo have clinched five major honours in three years.
- Arteta was linked with the Arsenal job when Arsene Wenger left and has recently been associated with the vacant Newcastle position.
- However, it is widely believed the Spaniard will remain at the Etihad.
- And Kompany is now backing his former coach to replace Guardiola when the Catalonian eventually leaves.
Guardiola’s contract expires in 2021 and he is yet to stay at a single club for more than four years, leading many to speculate he may part ways in the next few years, but Kompany believes Arteta is the “right man” to step into the equation should such a scenario materialise.
Speaking at the presentation of his new player-manager role at Anderlecht, he said: “I should have expected this question and yet I’m surprised.
“Let me start with this. Let City be City under Pep, which is an awesome club. I think they will win the Champions League eventually, soon hopefully.
“Behind Pep there is Mikel Arteta, who has a lot of knowledge who probably is the right man to look at.”
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Kompany out to emulate Guardiola
Kompany drew the curtains on his illustrious 11-year association with City last month to take up a position as player-manager at boyhood club Anderlecht.
And asked whether he thinks that he could one day return to the Etihad, Kompany refused arouse excitement, instead outlining his intentions to simply follow in Guardiola’s fabled footsteps.
He continued: “I will just build my career, I will be as driven as Pep has been or the best managers have been that I know.
“Will I be as good? We will see.”