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It’s written in stars Kompany will manage City, says Pep


PEP GUARDIOLA has backed Vincent Kompany to one day manage Manchester City. Kompany, the club’s most successful ever captain after lifting 10 major trophies in 11 years, is now the manager of Championsh­ip leaders Burnley, who are closing in on promotion. Kompany’s side are 12 points clear at the top and were drawn against his former club in the FA Cup quarter-finals. ‘Vinny’s destiny to be manager of City is written in the stars,’ Guardiola said.

‘It’s going to happen, I don’t know when but it will happen. I’m impressed with their consistenc­y, the amount of games, so difficult — it’s unbelievab­le. They are close to being promoted again, I’m delighted with his success.’ As for the Cup tie, Guardiola said: ‘All of us are happy to see him back. It’s a big chance to reach Wembley and we’ll try to compete against Vinny and his team.’ Meanwhile, Guardiola revealed he has cut communicat­ion with the Premier League in the wake of City’s charge for multiple alleged breaches of financial rules.

The City boss, who faces a newcastle side accused by erik ten hag last week of ‘annoying’ time-wasting, claimed that his side are unfairly treated by referees. Guardiola was incensed by a yellow card issued to ederson by Anthony Taylor for wasting time in the 36th minute of the recent victory at Arsenal, and perplexed that teams are not penalised for similar at the etihad Stadium. Asked if he has spoken to the Premier League about what he perceives as double standards, Guardiola replied: ‘I don’t talk with the Premier League, we are accused by them. no referees, no Premier League, no care. now we can’t talk about the Premier League or whatever — we are busy defending with our lawyers.’

 ?? PA ?? Old friends: Kompany faces Pep in the FA Cup last eight
PA Old friends: Kompany faces Pep in the FA Cup last eight

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