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Kompany to emulate Guardiola at Anderlecht

By AAP Newswire

Vincent Kompany has promised to be "as driven" as Pep Guardiola as he embarks on a career in management at Anderlecht.

The former Manchester City captain also believes that the role of player-manager will come naturally to him as he aims to revive the Belgian club's fortunes.

Kompany, 33, left City last month to answer a plea for help at his boyhood club, who endured a dismal 2018-19 campaign to miss out on European qualification for the first time in 56 years.

The Belgian feels he has had the ideal role model in former Barcelona boss Guardiola, who has guided City to back-to-back English Premier League titles and also won three cups with the club.

"I will be as driven as Pep has been, that I know," Kompany said at a press conference broadcast live by the club via Facebook.

"Will I be as good? We will see."

Kompany was an inspirational figure at the Etihad Stadium, captaining the club to four Premier League titles in his 11 years at City.

"I have been a player manager for most of my career," he said.

"I have just been managing other stuff.

"Now I get to manage something related to football, which just happens to be something I know more about than the other stuff I was managing. So, in reality it's same old, same old."

Kompany has already made one notable appointment at Anderlecht in bringing in his former City teammate Craig Bellamy as under-21 coach.

Ex-Wales striker, 39, has joined the club on a three-year contract after leaving Cardiff.