Kompany’s ‘destiny’ to manage Man City, says Guardiola

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Vincent Kompany’s return to Manchester City as supervisor in the future is “written within the stars” in accordance to Pep Guardiola as he prepares to tackle his former participant within the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Kompany has made an enormous impression in his first season as Burnley supervisor, together with his aspect 12 factors clear on the prime of the second-tier Championship.

The previous City captain will return to the Etihad within the final eight of the FA Cup in two weeks’ time.

“He will likely be again ultimately. I believe his future to be the supervisor of Manchester City is already written within the stars,” mentioned Guardiola on Friday.

“It is going to occur. I do not know when, however it’s going to occur.

“It’s my feeling. Perhaps I’m mistaken. However he has the attributes — work ethic, information of the sport, effectively revered, skilled.

“Doing what he has performed is so troublesome and he’s doing very well. He is aware of the membership, the surroundings, the followers, what our individuals want. The future is there.”

Of extra instant concern for present City supervisor Guardiola is a Premier League match at house to Newcastle on Saturday.

Reigning champions City are 5 factors behind leaders Arsenal and can’t afford many extra slip-ups within the last 13 video games of the season if they’re to retain their title.

Fuelled by the Saudi sovereign wealth fund, fifth-placed Newcastle are within the operating to qualify for the Champions League.

However the Magpies have solely gained as soon as within the league in 2023 and missed out on a long-awaited trophy by dropping to Manchester United within the League Cup last final weekend.

“From what I’ve seen these days, even the Carabao (League) Cup last in opposition to Manchester United, they’re one of many hardest opponents we now have till the top of the season,” added Guardiola.

“When it comes to expertise, risk, transitions, and set-pieces they’re the perfect staff within the league.

“That is why they have been there all season. It occurred final season and this season, they made a step ahead. It appears to be like like they got here to keep right here.”

City may very well be boosted by the return of defenders John Stones and Aymeric Laporte, with Guardiola confirming each centre-backs had returned to coaching.