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City seal Kompany capture

22 August 2008 01:03
Manchester City have completed the signing of Belgium international defender Vincent Kompany for an undisclosed fee from German club Hamburg. The 22-year-old has signed a four-year contract with the Citizens, having recently impressed for his country at the Olympic Games, with his stay in China causing friction between himself and his employers. Kompany was forced to return to Hamburg a few days ago, meaning he missed his country's 3-2 quarter-final win over Italy and subsequent semi-final loss to Nigeria. He was clearly unhappy with that situation, having recently stated: "I am being made to look as if I broke a promise. "Hamburg have been in the Bundesliga for nearly 50 years and played Bayern nearly 100 times and they will play Bayern another 100 times, but for Belgium, it was the first time ever at the Olympic Games. "But nobody seems to have any understanding for me when I consider whether or not it would interest me to play in the quarter-finals with Belgium. I am being punished for trying to find a compromise." Kompany had been with Hamburg for just over two years, but made just under 40 appearances for the club after his first season in Germany was ruined by an Achilles injury.

Source: ESA