Vincent Kompany set for showdown talks with Roberto Mancini
There could be an interesting conversation at the Etihad Stadium today, with Roberto Mancini unhappy with his club captain after Vincent Kompany appeared for Belgium on Tuesday.
March 29th, 2013
Kompany has now featured for Manchester City since 26 January, although the 26-year-old played the full ninety minutes for Belgium’s World Cup qualifier against Macedonia on Tuesday despite Mancini requesting that the player remain in England to recover from a calf injury.
Mancini said: “I am disappointed. I said to him: ‘Stay here to have more treatment but don’t go to play because it would be taking a risk for us because these next two months are really important’.”
However, Kompany’s argument was that he was selected by manager Marc Wilmots and therefore felt compelled to join up with his international team-mates.
Mancini responded: “OK, it is correct he can go there to do [a test] with their medical [people] but after that he should come back. I hoped he would come back after one day, two days. It was important that Vinny should work here and prepare very well for the next game, the next two months here, because he hasn’t played for us for 60 days.”
It is a rare example of a player putting country before club, with Manchester United players regularly dropping out of international squads with minor injuries, although it appears Kompany’s desire to play for Belgium outweighed anything else.