Let's do it for Vincent!
- 16 June 2014 09:14
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
Vincent Kompany will grace the stage he deserves when Belgium begin their World Cup bid against Algeria tomorrow afternoon.
3News carry the story that Kompany’s Belgium team-mates and his manager believe the City skipper will prove he is among the best defenders in the world in Brazil – but Blues fans know that already
Benot Noel writes: “Belgium's players have been motivated by the desire to deliver captain and talisman Vincent Kompany onto the World Cup stage they believe he deserves to grace.
“It has taken a decade but finally the 28-year-old Kompany, one of Belgium's greatest ever defenders, is going to get his chance to strut his stuff at a major international tournament.
‘I could not imagine that a player of Vincent's calibre would not experience a World Cup at least one time in his career,’ said Belgium coach Marc Wilmots.
‘I told the players at the beginning of the qualification phase: we had to qualify, at least for Vincent.’"
There are precious little City-related World Cup stories around today other than a few lines on Sky Sports from Sergio Aguero on last night’s 2-1 win for Argentina over Edin Dzeko’s Bosnia.
"The game became difficult as we did not have control of the game. Luck helped us today,” said Kun.
Back to domestic matters and apart from numerous stories continuing to link Micah Richards with a move to Liverpool, it seems City and Sunderland could be about to have a keeper swap.
With Costel Pantilimon and Kieran Westwood both free agents this summer, reports suggest the pair might be about to replace each other and Sunderland and City respectively.
“Sunderland are close to signing Pantilimon, the Romania goalkeeper, who was recently told that his contract would not be renewed at Manchester City,” reports George Caulkin in The Times: “Pantilimon briefly replaced Joe Hart, the England goalkeeper, as Manuel Pellegrini’s first-choice in goal at the Etihad Stadium last season, but was subsequently released by the Barclays Premier League champions.”
In return, Sports Mole report that former City Academy graduate Westwood could be on the verge of a return to the Blues.
“City are reportedly mulling over a move for former Sunderland goalkeeper Keiren Westwood,” they write. “The Premier League champions have already confirmed the signing of full-back Bacary Sagna from Arsenal.
“Now, according to the Daily Mail, they have switched their attention to Westwood, who has left the Black Cats a free agent this summer.”
More World Cup stories and transfer gossip tomorrow.