Saturday 20 January 2018

Vincent Kompany not dropped over bust-up

Vincent Kompany battles with Messi
Vincent Kompany battles with Messi

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany was not dropped last week as a result of an alleged dressing room bust-up.

Claims emerged yesterday that the Belgium international was axed for the visit of Leicester seven days ago as a result of a furious row with team-mate Fernandinho - who was not in the squad to face the Foxes - at half-time of their 2-1 defeat at Liverpool the previous Sunday.

Sources at the club have played down reports of an altercation between the players which allegedly also involved Pellegrini at some point and it is understood the manager's team selection for Leicester was not based on anything other than football-related matters.

Pellegrini said after the win over Leicester it was "important to refresh the team mentally and physically after two difficult games" (against Barcelona and Liverpool).

Kompany's form has been a cause for concern for City this season as he has failed to reach the standards which arguably made him one of the best centre-backs in Europe a couple years ago.

The defending Premier League champions trail leaders Chelsea by five points, having played one match more and have lost four times - they lost six in the whole of last season - and conceded 27 in 28 games compared to 37 in their title-winning campaign.

Away from Kompany's trials and tribulations one of the players City hoped would follow in his footsteps Matija Nastasic has committed his future to Schalke.

The Serbia international joined the Bundesliga side in January on loan but the terms of the deal included an option to buy if the 21-year-old made a certain number of appearances.

Schalke have agreed a contract with the centre-back until June 2019.

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