Kompany can become Man City’s manager in the future: Guardiola

The former City captain will return to the Etihad in the last eight of the FA Cup in two weeks´ time

By Web Desk
March 03, 2023
Kompany (R) shares a light moment with Guardiola (L) — AFP

Pep Guardiola has heaped praise on Manchester City legend Vincent Kompany while also stating that the latter will return to the club as a manager in the future.

Kompany has impressed in his managerial career, so far, with his current club Burnely being the runaway Championship leaders at the moment.

The former City captain will return to the Etihad in the last eight of the FA Cup in two weeks´ time.

“Personally, I am delighted for his success in Burnley,” said Guardiola in Friday’s press conference.

“He will be back sooner or later. His destiny to be manager of City is already written in the stars. It’s going to happen. I don’t know when but it’s going to happen.

“It will be quarter-finals of the FA Cup, an incredible chance to reach the semi-finals at Wembley. We will try to compete against Vinnie and his team.

“No. It’s my feeling. Maybe I am wrong.

“He has a lot of attributes. Work ethic, knowledge of the game, experience. Doing what he has done is so difficult and he is doing really well. He knows the club, knows the environment, our fans, what our people need. The destiny is there.”

Kompany was City’s captain between 2011 and 2019 while winning four Premier League titles and becoming widely recognised as one of the greatest players in City's history.

Pep Guardiola also lauded Newcastle United’s “exceptional recruitment” for their impressive season, which includes appointing Eddie Howe as the coach.

The Magpies come to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, just four points off the top-four with two games in the hand.

“They have not been here for a long time so you always think they need time but they made exceptional recruitment; exactly what they need,” Guardiola said.

“[They have] a manager with huge quality in many, many things. Maybe they will stay there.”