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De Bruyne Eyes Man City’s Captaincy

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Kevin De Bruyne would “gladly accept” the opportunity to fill Vincent Kompany’s boots at Manchester City and become the club’s new captain.

The armband is up for grabs at the Etihad Stadium following the departure of an iconic figure.

Kompany, after 11 years of loyal service, departed at the end of his contract and returned to Anderlecht as player-manager.

He enjoyed considerable success during his time in England, with a memorable final campaign seeing him lift three trophies as City completed a historic domestic treble.

The Premier League, FA Cup, and Carabao Cup winners are now looking for someone to step up and become their next talismanic leader, with Pep Guardiola revealing that a decision will be made by his squad.

The City boss has said: “They will choose the captain when we are all together.

“After they are all back, they are going to make a meeting and decide who is going to be captain.”

There are several candidates to skipper the City side, with David Silva considered to be among the favorites.

De Bruyne, though, says that he would welcome the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of a fellow countryman and pick up a baton put down by Kompany.

The talented midfielder said: “If the team wants me to be captain I will gladly accept it.

“But, I think everyone needs to talk about it as a team and as a club. It will be spoken about when everyone comes back.

“I think we need to do that together because it’s a really important job not only on the pitch but off it.”

De Bruyne endured an injury-hit 2018-19 campaign but has already figured in City’s pre-season plans alongside a number of highly-rated youngsters.