'That’s not even a debate' - Kompany has no interest in summer Man City exit

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The Belgian defender must prove his fitness and fend off added competition but remains adamant that he sees his future at the Etihad Stadium

Vincent Kompany remains adamant that his future lies at Manchester City amid suggestions he could move on this summer.

The long-serving Belgium international has been at the Etihad Stadium since the summer of 2008.

He has made well over 300 appearances for City, helping them to two Premier League titles along with FA Cup and League Cup successes.

Fitness issues have, however, been a problem at times and Pep Guardiola now boasts centre-half alternatives in the form of John Stones, Nicolas Otamendi and Aymeric Laporte.

Kompany, though, is hoping to see out a contract that is due to run until the summer of 2019, with the 31-year-old telling reporters on where he sees himself next season: “That’s not even a debate.

“If you’re fit, you have many options and a lot of clubs. If you’re not fit, you don’t have many opportunities and not many clubs.

“If I stay fit, I’ll want to play football at City. And if I’m not fit, I won’t have other options.

“I don’t know if I could muster the same motivation elsewhere.

“It may seem that I’m high maintenance, but I’m a good professional and I work so hard on my return. The longer I’m available, the more chance I’ll get to play more matches.”

Kompany has only made 11 appearances this season, with Guardiola carefully managing his workload.

The City skipper is, however, ready when required, with regular minutes important to him as he chases down domestic and international goals.

Another league title appears to be on the cards, with the Blues still in contention across four competitions, while spots at this summer’s World Cup remain up for grabs.

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Kompany added on that challenge, with Belgium – who have been placed in the same group as England – expected to go well in Russia: “The opportunity for us is great — but we still have work to do.

“In 2014 and 2016, we had a right to failure, because we had a young team. But over the next few years we can’t use that excuse.

“We need to be tactically stronger, which will help us physically and technically.”

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