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Vincent Kompany announces retirement from playing to become Anderlecht head coach

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Vincent Kompany has been appointed Anderlecht head coach on a four-year deal after ending his playing career.

The ex-Manchester City captain rejoined the Belgian club as player-manager last summer but relinquished his managerial duties on match days in August in order to concentrate on playing.

The 34-year-old replaces Franky Vercauteren as Anderlecht boss.

“I want to fully commit to my role as a coach and need 100% of my time and focus for it,” said Kompany.

“That’s why I’m quitting as a football player. Our ambition and our hunger remains the same.

“I want to stay with the club for at least four seasons and prove that Anderlecht can play a modern style of football, with results.”

Defender Kompany spent 11 years with City, eight of them as club captain, before rejoining boyhood club Anderlecht in 2019.

As a player, he won the Belgian First Division twice, before picking up four Premier League titles, two FA Cups and four League Cups in England.

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