Manchester City stalwart Vincent Kompany has found his position under threat ever since the club signed Pep Guardiola from Bayern Munichin the summer.
However, in a recent interview, the new Manchester City boss insisted that Kompany still has a role to play in the team and would return to when he is fully fit.
In recent weeks, a series of poor defending has seen the club conceded a number of goals with the latest coming from a 4-2 thrashing at Leicester. Many pundits are beginning to question why Guardiola has left Kompany on the bench even when it is obvious his current back three are not doing so well defensively.
It would be recalled that company last featured for the team in the match against Crystal Palace, but was unfortunately substituted due to the injury he sustained in the game. Since then, Kompany has not played any game due to struggles with fitness.
However, any doubts that company is on his way out of the club was quashed when Guardiola stated that the 32-year-old still has a future at the Etihad and still very much in his plans. When asked if Kompany’s presence would improve the performance of young defender John Stones, the manager said:
“What I want is Vincent to come back, the same as all other players, Of course Vincent is important like that, but it would be unfair for these kind of players every weekend who is there to prove [himself] to say we don’t do that because that player is not here, it would be unfair to those players, because they work every day.”
At the end of the interview, one thing was clear, while the manager insisted Kompany is very much in his plans, he is not in a hurry to rush the defender back from injury.