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Kompany to say farewell to Manchester City

The Belgian international defender Vincent Kompany has announced that he is leaving Manchester City after 11 seasons with the club. The 33-year-old is leaving City on a high after helping the club to become the first to win the treble of the English Premier League Championship and both English cup competitions.  

In an open letter to fans on his Facebook page the Manchester City captain wrote "We’ve just seen the close of an incredible season. My 11th as a Blue. And I cannot believe I’m writing this but ... also my last as a Blue".  

"Man City has given me everything. I’ve tried to give back as much as I possibly could. How often does someone get the chance to end such an important chapter, representing a club with such great history and tradition, in such a great fashion?"

"Man City has given me everything. I’ve tried to give back as much as I possibly could. How often does someone get the chance to end such an important chapter, representing a club with such great history and tradition, in such a great fashion?"

"The time has come for me to go now."

The 33-year-old central defender said he would be posting a second part of the letter "shortly" with details of his future plans.

On Saturday Manchester City crushed Watford 6-0 in the FA Cup final to complete the unprecedented treble. Speaking after the FA Cup win Kompany said that City were the best team in the world.

Vincent Kompany scored with a thunderous long-range strike to decide their penultimate league match of the season against Leicester City, a key moment in their retaining the Premier League title.

"It’s cliché to say it but it’s also so true: without my teammates I would have never been here today."

"We fought many battles together. Side by side. In good times and in bad. So to all of you, from the 2008-2009 squad to today’s domestic Treble winners: I owe you guys!”

He also took time to thank the Manchester City Manager Pep Guardiola "A special word also to Pep and the backroom staff: you’ve been superb. You’ve followed me through so much hardship. You made me come back stronger every time. Thank you so much."