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Media Watch: ‘Important’ Kompany praised

MEDIA TALK: Vincent Kompany.

MEDIA TALK: Vincent Kompany.

This week’s newspaper talk begins with Vincent Kompany, while there’s more from an ongoing transfer rumour.

The Manchester City skipper is tipped to be an integral part of Pep Guardiola’s squad next season, by sections of the written press.

ESPN’s Jonathan Smith has penned a piece to share his opinion that the Belgian centre-half could well be the most important player for the Blues during the 2017/18 campaign.

Writes Smith: “Despite Manchester City's stellar forward line of Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, Leroy Sane and the rest, Vincent Kompany could emerge as possibly the most important player to Pep Guardiola this season.

“The City boss has decided not to spend heavily on a new front-line central defender and is set to make the Belgium captain the cornerstone of his new-look back four.

"Kompany's role will be as a calming influence and to help the newcomers establish themselves.

“If it works, it could be the season they get that solid base in a young squad that Guardiola hopes can challenge for every trophy.

“After missing much of last season, the captain could be like a new signing to Guardiola and, potentially, his most important.”

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Meanwhile, the ongoing transfer rumour in question, is the one relating to Alexis Sanchez’s future.

The Manchester Evening News’ James Robson believes City have received a boost in the reported pursuit of the Chilean.

He writes: “Pep Guardiola has been offered fresh encouragement Alex Sanchez will try to force his way to Manchester City, with the Chilean continuing to price himself out of a move overseas.

“Arsene Wenger remains adamant he will not sell his prize asset - even as he enters the final 12 months of his contract.

“But as the transfer window draws to a close next month, the strength of Arsenal’s resolve will be put to the ultimate test.

“It is believed Sanchez has set his heart set on a reunion with Guardiola, who he worked with at Barcelona.”

That concludes today's Media Watch, but we'll be back again tomorrow with more of the same.

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