Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany will not quit the club and believes his best years are still in front of him, confirms his agent.
Incoming boss Pep Guardiola is keen to bolster the Citizen’s relatively weak defence when he takes charge at the Etihad for next season.
And Mega-rich City are most likely to make Everton’s young defender John Stones their top priority target this summer, and it has raised major concerns over injury-plagued club captain Kompany.
There has long been some heavy interest in the 21-year-old Stones and he was also denied a move to Chelsea last summer following the Stamford Bridge club’s several lucrative offers turned down.
But it is now believed that Manchester City will try their luck at the end of this season to tempt the highly rated youngster. Manchester United was also on a pursuit to land him but their desperation didn’t work well in the winter window.
The Belgian centre-half is now 30 and has endured a series of setbacks due to a long-running calf problem which right now has forced him on the sideline once again.
Kompany is, however, desperate to return for this weekend’s league fixture at Chelsea after missing out both legs of City’s Champions League quarter-final victory over PSG.
His agent, Jacques Lichtenstein, has confirmed the Belgian star, signed from German outfit Hamburg in summer 2008, is going nowhere and is looking forward to working with Guardiola.
Lichtenstein told Sport/Voetbal Magazine: “Vincent is stronger than ever. We are in touch on a daily basis and he’s absolutely not worried about his future. That’s his strength.
“He still has a contract for three seasons, he’s the captain of one of the biggest clubs in the world and he’s convinced his best years are ahead of him.
“He still stays an important player in the squad. The stats are proving it. Why would he be leaving?”
In Kompany’s absence, Mangala impressed alongside Nicolas Otamendi in central defence against PSG as the £74 million pairing finally managed to deliver on their hefty price tags during a 1-0 victory.
The defenders have really struggled since joining Manchester City but they formed a solid partnership to keep Zlatan Ibrahimovic and company quiet on the night after a less impressive showing in the 2-2 first-leg draw in Paris.
However, Mangala and Otamendi’s places are most likely to come under threat when Kompany returns.