Kompany turns down offer to be Guardiola's assistant at Manchester City

The Belgian was offered a chance to return to City to take Mikel Arteta's old job. However, he says he is happy where he is in his player-manager role at Anderlecht.

Kompany turns down offer to be Guardiola's assistant at Manchester City

Pep Guardiola was left without an assistant at Manchester City after few months ago when Mikel Arteta decided to hand in his notice and accept an offer to take on the manager's job at Arsenal. Brian Kidd was called back to occupy the role while Pep looks for a long-term replacement - someone he  knows and trusts to be his number two. Now it appears that Vincent Kompany was offered the assistant manager's post at City but turned it down. 

Kompany is currently player-manager at Anderlecht, where he is under contract until 2022. At 34 years of age, he would rather honour his contract in Belgium than accept Guardiola's offer. It would have meant a return to the club which he joined in 2008 and played for up until last summer when he left on a free transfer after a hugely successful decade's service

Committed to Anderlecht

Last year, Kompany returned to his first club, where he came up through the youth ranks before joining Hamburg and later, City. He has also invested money into Anderlecht, who have been experiencing economic problems. He hopes he will continue in some capacity at the club when he retires from playing - and while he loves City, his links to Anderlecht are deep-rooted...