Vincent Kompany: ‘A shift in power? Only if City dominate for another 10 years’

The Belgian defender has been there throughout Sheikh Mansour’s revolution at Manchester City, but is level-headed as ever on the city’s power balance

Almost a decade after his arrival marked a new era in English football, Vincent Kompany is in a good position to make a judgment. Having started his career at Anderlecht, the future Manchester City captain was a fresh-faced 22-year-old when he was purchased from Hamburg at the end of August 2008 by Mark Hughes, the first of a total of 78 signings totalling more than £1bn that have transformed the club since Sheikh Mansour’s takeover that summer.

As a result, with Pep Guardiola’s vibrant team turning heads around Europe as they prepare to face Manchester United in the most significant derby for years, Kompany is by now well-versed in answering the city’s perennial question. “A shift in power? I’d like to see us dominate for another 10 years,” he says.

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