Vincent Kompany has been keeping himself busy this summer in the world of punditry. Not only is he offering his insight on the BBC, but for ESPN.
Asked about Pep vs. Mourinho and whether their rivalry will overshadow City vs United itself next season, the City skipper said to ESPN FC:
“For me it’s always United vs. City, first and foremost. That is bigger than any names in the game, to me.
“It’s never bad to throw a little bit of hot sauce on the barbeque when you’ve already got it on full flames but it’s already one of the biggest fixtures in world football.
“If there’s a little bit of a personal battle as well then that will only add to a fixture that is already great in itself.”
Kompany’s main objective is to get fit so he can play in what could be some of the most epic Manchester derbies in history. Ravaged by injuries last season, it reached the point where there was heavy speculation he could leave the club. That won’t happen and Kompany is eager to return in top form next season:
“I’m just keen to get my boots back on and do whatever it takes to make this team better. There is no one who has relished the challenge of making us better than I have and I love the idea of helping us to reach another level.
“But it’s one thing to talk about it and another to do all the groundwork to get there. That’s actually what I’m looking forward to.
“People struggle and never come back; I struggle and I played every game at a very high level. I didn’t play one bad game last season. In a way, that’s not enough, but I am very confident in my own ability to be stronger than anything else that stands in my way.
“I am the kind of person who will always play a role, no matter what situation I find myself in. Obviously, on the pitch I’m better. But when it comes to this [mentality] I’m unbreakable. And that’s why I keep coming back.”
Pep Guardiola will be hoping Kompany is fit and firing next season. City’s inspirational leader made just 22 appearances in the 2015-16 campaign, 11 fewer than in any other season since he signed from Hamburg in 2008.