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Gomez reveals Kompany influence on career and City switch

Sergio Gomez has revealed Vincent Kompany had a role to play in his move to Manchester City.

The 21-year-old left-back, who arrives on a four-year deal to become City’s fifth signing of the summer, played for the Belgian at previous club Anderlecht.

Gomez made 49 appearances for our legendary former skipper during his one-season stay in the Jupiler Pro League and was keen to gather the thoughts of his old boss prior to completing his move to the Etihad Stadium.

Kompany, who won 12 trophies during his 11-years in Manchester, was pleased to hear of City’s interest and told the Spaniard he was making the correct choice as he looks to take the next step in his fledgling career.

“Of course [I spoke to him],” Gomez mancity.com in his first interview after completing his move.

“I talked to him a few days ago when I knew about City's interest in signing me.

“He was very happy for me, he told me this would be a huge step in my career and that I was making the right decision by coming here.”

Kompany is a significant figure in Gomez’s career.

The former Barcelona youth prospect played his best football under the 36-year-old, who converted him into a left-back after he had previously been used in wide and central midfield roles at Huesca and Borussia Dortmund.

It proved an inspired decision as Gomez became a key attacking outlet from the back, providing 15 assists across the course of the 2021/22 campaign.

It is that sort of form which convinced City to swoop for the Spaniard, and whilst he was initially surprised by his positional switch, he is grateful for the impact Kompany has had on his career.

“He called me and said I could do very well in that position,” Gomez added.

“To be honest I was a little bit surprised.  I didn't expect it, but he seemed very sure about the decision, and that gave me confidence.

“I will always be thankful to Vincent for the opportunity.  I’m still playing as a left-back and I really enjoy it.

It was an honour [to play for him] because I was a City fan when I was a kid and Kompany was the captain. A role model for all of us.

“I will always be thankful to have worked with him, especially after how well we did last season.”

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