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Vincent Kompany has ended his 11-year association with Manchester City and been appointed player-manager of Belgian side Anderlecht.
The 33-year-old joined the Brussels club at the age of six, and his career has now come full circle after a trophy-laden stint at City.
He announced on his Facebook page: "I choose to be grateful for the past but remain ambitious and driven for the future.
"For the next three years, I will take up the role of player-manager of Anderlecht. Belgium's finest.
"This may come as a surprise to you. It's the most passionate yet rational decision I've ever made."
Kompany revealed that he had met with Anderlecht chairman Marc Coucke and sporting director Michael Verschueren last summer.
"I shared my thoughts and listened to their vision for the future: ambitious, courageous and determined to get back to number one," he wrote.
"I offered my help, no strings attached, should they need it."
Kompany says he was then offered the player-manager job in the last few weeks.
"I want to share my knowledge with the next purple generations," he continued.
"With that, I will also put a bit of Manchester in the heart of Belgium. This is no goodbye. It's a see you later."
The central defender was signed by Mark Hughes from German club Hamburg in the summer of 2008, days before the Sheikh Mansour takeover.
He became a key figure in the success which followed and leaves City having won four Premier League titles, two FA Cups and four League Cups.
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Vincent Kompany was lauded by Pep Guardiola and his Manchester City team-mates as the captain celebrated his 10th anniversary at the club.
The 32-year-old has become synonymous with the club's rise and success since arriving from Hamburg on August 22, 2008.
Three Premier League titles, an FA Cup and three League Cup crowns marks quite the return for that decade of service and manager Guardiola led the praise for City's captain.
"When one guy is with the same club for 10 years it's because he is something special," Guardiola said of Kompany.
"So, you have to be so proud, like I am to work with you in this period.
"Now will be our third year - thank you so much."
Raheem Sterling said it was a pleasure to play with City's "fantastic captain", while Claudio Bravo, Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy and Kevin De Bruyne were others to express their appreciation.
De Bruyne, a team-mate for club and country, said: "I think he has been a legend for the club, also for Belgium.
"He did good stuff and hopefully we can win some more together."
Full-back Mendy told CityTV: "You were born with this club.
"You are a great guy, a good man, a good captain with a lot of experience."
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