Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany has hinted that his international career would be over after the forthcoming World Cup 2018 in Russia.
The Belgium international has battled regular injury concerns in recent years.
In the last two years Kompany has played just 25 games in the Premier League. He returned to the team to help Pep Guardiola’s men finish strongly. While he is hoping to play in Russia next year, he said it could be his “last season with Belgium.”
Kompany said the tournament was “always a big motivation” when he was down but that he might not be able to go beyond it. He says it was important that he returned to the team as they were doubts.
The Citizens’ skipper said he was not afraid of the impact of the injuries else he “would have already stopped his career.” He says for now he wants to be reintegrated into the national team so he has spoken with Coach Roberto Martinez.
At club level where Spanish coach Guardiola is clearing out aged players, he opted to retain Kompany and recently gave playmaker Yaya Toure a one-year deal.
Toure was widely expected to leave City after Guardiola’s appointment. He started on the bench after a few issues the Ivorian fought his way back into the team. The experienced player would remain at the Etihad, helping them as they play in continental and local competitions.
Toure said he is delighted with the deal when Director of Football at the club TxikiBegiristain called him. He confirmed he spoke to Guardiola and wants to win trophies. In addition, he praised the efforts of the club at bringing in new players.