Play second fiddle to Ronaldo or Messi No thanks, says loyal City skipper Kompany
07:43 GMT, 23 September 2012
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has pledged never to leave the club for Spanish giants Real Madrid or Barcelona.
The central defender says to move to either La Liga side would be to become overshadowed by the star men in either side, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
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Kompany told The Sun: 'It would take me
time at another club to reach the level I have achieved with City. Even
then there would be no guarantee I could do it.'
He continued: 'Besides, I am convinced that I can win just as many honours with City as I could with Barcelona or Real Madrid.
'Whoever goes to play for Real will be in Ronaldo’s shadow, and whoever joins Barca will be overshadowed by Messi. So I prefer to be captain of Manchester City.
'I feel very much at home here and am able to live a normal life. I get interest from paparazzi, but so long as you behave normally there is no problem.'
City are intent on bringing superstars of their own to the Ethihad Stadium and Roberto Mancini has insisted the club's high spending will continue.
'If we want to stay on top with all the other teams that spend a lot of money in the last 10 years we need to improve and buy top players,' said the City manager.
His club have spent almost 500million on new players since Sheik Mansour became the owner four years ago and, far from resting on his laurels after ending City's 44-year wait to become top dogs again, Mancini is gearing himself up for another spree in January if that is what it takes to retain their crown.
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'It's usually more difficult to stay on top,' he observed. 'It can happen that you can win the title because you play well or because you are lucky. We deserved to win last year but the second year is always more difficult.
'There were a lot of teams in the past spending money for big players, including Arsenal. This is normal.
'For us it was difficult. We needed to buy good players if we wanted to improve. We had the chance to take good players and we did this.
'All the managers talk about the money we have all the time. We have 11 players like all the others.'