Kompany dismisses Madrid, Barca link

BY foxsports • September 23, 2012

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has made it clear he has no intention of leaving the club for Spanish giants Real Madrid or Barcelona.

The influential centerback, who has been at City since 2008 when he arrived from Hamburg, played a key role in their Premier League title-winning campaign last season.

But the 26-year-old says he has no desire to follow in the footsteps of other Premier League greats and make the move to Spain with Real or Barca.

Kompany feels joining either of the Primera Liga giants would see him overshadowed by star men Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi.

He told The Sun: "It would take me time at another club to reach the level I have achieved with City. Even then there would be no guarantee I could do it.

"Besides, I am convinced that I can win just as many honors with City as I could with Barcelona or Real Madrid.

"Whoever goes to play for Real will be in Ronaldo's shadow, and whoever joins Barca will be overshadowed by Messi. So I prefer to be captain of Manchester City.

"I feel very much at home here and am able to live a normal life. I get interest from paparazzi, but so long as you behave normally there is no problem."