Vincent Kompany understands his testimonial is going to be an emotional event, however jokes he is looking forward to seeing who’s stayed in form.
A host of Manchester City and Premier League legends are made to turn out for Kompany’s testimonial at the Etihad Stadium, live on Sky Sports Premier League on Wednesday night from 7pm; Kick-off at 7.45pm.
In an exclusive interview with Sky Sports before the match, the 33-year-old joked he wished the injured Leroy Sane can play cause Gary Neville a headache at right-back, and can also be excited to see how his former team-mates are shaping after time from the match.
He explained “There are many old faces, and I want to see who’s still in shape and who is not anymore! I remember a lot of conversations in the dressing room…’What exactly are you going to do when you quit playing?’
“Nigel de Jong is still enjoying, so I will have to wait for another time together with himbut I think that he was going to go the other way! Those they don’t, and the people they don’t!
“I’m anticipating viewing whose in shape chiefly, and discuss the tales we remember from the dressing area.
“It’s unfortunate that Leroy Sane is out with a knee injury, because I would have put him on Gary Neville. My goal was to place the winger I could find on the side of Gary Neville! Unless he goes and reaches centre-back, we will see.”
Kompany, that captained Manchester City into four Premier League names, left to go back to boyhood club Anderlecht.
Money raised from the match goes to Tackle4MCR – that the initiative Kompany set up with the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, to address homelessness and rough sleeping .
Finds himself as a honorary Mancunian, includes a rationale.
He said:”My kids ‘ Mancs. There’s a problem with homelessness in Greater Manchester. It seems we have left lots of folks behind that journey and it’s such a vibrant City, although the city has grown tremendously well. It is just whether there is a means.
“Homelessness is a tricky issue to tackle. Is:’If I go and give cash would this make his life better?’ It is far more complicated than this.
“So it’s all about finding the appropriate partners, and we were lucky because to be honest to him, the Mayor Andy Burnham was really dedicated to fix the issue of homelessness.
“We will need to appear too at the kind of environment we want our kids to develop in. We talk about every one of these problems, and we have. This is one of them. It doesn’t need to be eternally. Only a little commitment from many of individuals may mean a lot.”
Manchester City Legends – Guardiola
Joe Hart, Costel Pantilimon – Vincent Kompany, Joleon Lescott, Micah Richards, Kolo Toure, Pablo Zabaleta, Richard Dunne, Gael Clichy – Nigel de Jong, Samir Nasri, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Stephen Ireland, David Silva, Dietmar Hamann, James Milner – Craig Bellamy, Sergio Aguero, Mario Balotelli, Benjani
Premier League All-Stars XI – plagued by Roberto Martinez
Edwin van der Sar, Shay Given – Phil Neville, Gary Neville, John O’Shea, Wes Brown – Cesc Fabregas, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, Michael Carrick Rafael van der Vaart – Robin van Persie, Thierry Henry
Watch Manchester City Legends vs Premier League All-Stars on September 11 from 7pm on Sky Sports Premier League; Kick-off 7.45pm
Money raised from the game goes to Tackle4MCR – the initiative which Kompany setup together with the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, to address rough sleeping and homelessness from the city.
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