Manchester City will be gunning for trophies and will be a stronger force next season, whether Carlos Tevez remains at the Etihad Stadium.
Those are the thoughts of central defender Vincent Kompany, the Belgium international, who has been tipped to take over as captain of City next season should Tevez move on – although a move to Brazilian club Corinthians would appear to be dead in the water – and the former Anderlecht and Hamburg star is looking forward to the new season, in which he expects the Blues to show their strength.
“Until there is an actual signature and it is confirmed he is not a Manchester City player any more, I don’t have to comment,” said Kompany.
“What I do know is that the group will be stronger next season, with or without him.
“Whether he stays or goes, it won’t change what we want to achieve. The goals remain the same.”
Kompany and his team-mates will be looking to improve on a season where the Citizens finished in third place in the Premier League, bringing a place in the Champions League, and FA Cup success, which ended a 35-year trophy drought.
And although Kompany was in dominant form throughout the last campaign, being named in the PFA Team of the Year and City’s Players Player of the Season, he is looking to improve on a personal level, starting with the Community Shield against Manchester United.
“I did set a standard last season but I feel I have improved because I have not been thinking about my performances over an entire season,” he said.
“As far as I am concerned, my last game was Bolton on the final day of the season. My next will be against Manchester United in the Community Shield, when I hope to be better.
“I am having a good pre-season so far. I feel fit and strong and things are positive. I want to keep it that way.”