Premier League football star Vincent Kompany will donate proceeds from his testimonial season to tackle rough sleeping in Manchester.

The Manchester City defender has teamed up with Andy Burnham, the mayor of Greater Manchester, to launch fundraising campaign Tackle4MCR.

Mr Burnham has pledged to end the need for rough sleeping in the city region by 2020 and on his first day in office he set up the Mayor's Homelessness Fund, and donates 15% of his salary every month.

I've received much from Manchester - a great career at the highest level, unconditional support from the fans through thick and thin, a lovely family and so much more to be grateful for. Over the past decade I've been lucky to have witnessed and played a part in Manchester City's rise as a club and a brand. This has also run parallel alongside the rise of a whole region.

Vincent Kompany, Manchester City captain

The fundraising drive will culminate in the Belgian international's testimonial gala match at the Etihad Stadium at the end of the season.

Mr Burnham said he was "very proud" to link up with Kompany.

After an outstanding decade where he has led Manchester City to the heights of the footballing world, Vincent has now decided to dedicate his testimonial year to helping those most at need in our city.

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester
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