Vincent Kompany understands his testimonial is going to be a psychological affair, but jokes he is looking forward to watching who has remained in form.
A bunch of Manchester City and also Premier League legends have been set to turn out for Kompany’s testimonial in the Etihad Stadium, live on Sky Sports Premier League on Wednesday night from 7pm; Kick-off at 7.45pm.
In an exclusive interview with Sky Sports ahead of the game, the 33-year-old joked he wanted the wounded Leroy Sane could play and cause Gary Neville a headache at right-back, and can also be eager to see how his former team-mates are shaping after time out of the game.
He said:”There are many old faces, and I wish to see who’s still in form and who isn’t anymore! I recall a lot of conversations in the dressing area…’What exactly are you going to do if you stop playing?’
“Nigel de Jong is still enjoying, so I’ll need to wait for another time together with him, but I think he was going to go the other way! Those you believe go one way, they don’t, and the people that you believe go the other way, they don’t!
“I am anticipating seeing whose in shape mainly, and discuss the stories we still remember from the dressing room.
“It’s unfortunate that Leroy Sane is out with a knee injury, since I’d have put him on Gary Neville. My goal was to place the winger I could locate on Gary Neville’s side! Unless he moves and reaches centre-back, we will see.”
Kompany, who captained Manchester City left to go back to boyhood club Anderlecht.
Money will go to Tackle4MCR – that the initiative Kompany setup with the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, to tackle rough sleeping and homelessness .
Sees himself as a Mancunian, includes a rationale.
He said:”My kids ‘ Mancs. There is a problem with homelessness in Greater Manchester. The city has grown tremendously well and quickly, it is such a lively Town, but it appears we have left a lot of people behind that journey. It’s just whether there’s a means.
“Homelessness is a difficult issue to tackle. The first thing you constantly think about is:’If I proceed and give cash would this make his life simpler?’ It is far more complex than this.
“So it’s all about finding the perfect partners, and we were lucky because to be fair to him, ” the Mayor Andy Burnham was very dedicated to address the issue of homelessness.
“We will need to appear also in the kind of environment we need our kids to develop in. We talk about all of these issues, and we have. This is one of these. It doesn’t have to be eternally. Only a little commitment from many of individuals will mean a good deal.”
Manchester City Legends – managed by Pep Guardiola
Joe Hart, Costel Pantilimon – Vincent Kompany, Joleon Lescott, Micah Richards, Kolo Toure, Pablo Zabaleta, Richard Dunne, Gael Clichy – Nigel de Jong, Samir Nasri, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Stephen Ireland, David Silva, Dietmar Hamann, James Milner – Craig Bellamy, Sergio Aguero, Mario Balotelli, Benjani
Premier League All-Stars XI – Managed by Roberto Martinez
Edwin van der Sar, Shay Given – John O’Shea, Phil Neville, Gary Neville, Wes Brown – Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt Ryan Giggs, Rafael van der Vaart, Cesc Fabregas – Robin van Persie, Thierry Henry
Watch Manchester City Legends vs Premier League All-Stars on September 11 from 7pm on Sky Sports Premier League; Kick-off 7.45pm
Money raised from the game will go to Tackle4MCR – the initiative that Kompany setup together with the Mayor Andy Burnham, of Greater Manchester, to address homelessness and rough sleeping .

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