Man City's Vincent Kompany "more hungry than ever" after lifting third Premier League title

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Kompany remains hungry for more titles with Manchester City.

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany lifted the Premier League title for the third time on Sunday then declared himself “more hungry than ever”.

Pep Guardiola‘s men got their hands on the trophy and their winners’ medals after their penultimate home game of the season against Huddersfield, having been confirmed as champions three weeks earlier.

While many, including Guardiola, were celebrating a maiden top-flight title in England, 32-year-old Kompany was enjoying a third with City following successes in 2011-12 and 2013-14.

Completing that hat-trick seemed unlikely for the Belgium international given he made just 25 Premier League appearances across the previous two campaigns due to injury.

Kompany had further problems at the start of this season too but he stressed he was keen to be involved in more glorious days at the Etihad Stadium in the future.

“I wanted to be a part of this very, very special team,” he told CityTV.

“I’m truly so happy. I’m more hungry than ever to do well in this team and to be able to just help them, help the young guys improve, help the team be better.”

Kompany was injured for Sunday’s stalemate with Huddersfield, when City missed the opportunity to break Premier League records for the most wins, goals and points.

Kompany had missed the clash against Huddersfield due to an injury.

Kompany had missed the clash against Huddersfield due to an injury.

However, there was a return in central defence for England international John Stones, who was making his first club appearance in two months and his first Premier League start since January.

England boss Gareth Southgate was at the Etihad watching a player that is likely to be integral to his World Cup plans and Stones expressed his relief at coming off the sidelines.

“It was frustrating, I had a bit of bad luck,” he said.

John Stones returned to action for Manchester City against Huddersfield after two months out (Martin Rickett/PA)”The concussion coming back from England, then I got ill, so that kind of had just a knock-on effect. I came back in, was training and got injured so it wasn’t an easy time.

“I’ve got good people around me and good team-mates. It was good to get back out there, I really enjoyed it.”

The season when Kompany won his first title with City, Stones made just a pair of substitute appearances with Barnsley.

Now the 23-year-old is the owner of a Premier League winners’ medal too.

“It doesn’t seem real; you’re used to watching it on the TV,” Stones added.

“It will sink in, I think, eventually but I’m just going to try and enjoy it and think about the season and what everyone’s done.

“I think we’ve thoroughly deserved getting the title and how we’ve done it – the points and everything. You couldn’t see it going to anyone else.

“It’s a special moment for me, my family and the team, I’m overjoyed.”

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Arsene Wenger plans to watch Arsenal as a fan

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Arsene Wenger would like to return to the Emirates Stadium as an Arsenal supporter but says it is dependent on his future work career.

The outgoing 68-year-old bid an emotional farewell to Gunners fans on Sunday as he took charge of the final home game of his 22-year reign.

Frenchman Wenger suggested he has no plans to retire when he leaves the club at the end of the season but said he would attempt to visit north London as often as possible.

“I will cherish every minute I was here but as well it’s a new start for me,” said Wenger. “I would be happy to sit in the North Bank but I don’t know; it depends if I work somewhere else or not or what I do.

“Will I in the job I do be free on the days Arsenal play? I would be happy to be in the North Bank, if you can offer me a ticket.”

A double from record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, plus strikes from Alexandre Lacazette, Sead Kolasinac and Alex Iwobi gave Wenger the perfect send-off by securing a 5-0 win against Burnley.

He now faces trips to Leicester and Huddersfield before his lengthy tenure comes to an end.

Wenger, whose departure was announced just over a fortnight ago, said he is still coming to terms with the news.

“I have to deal with that. It is a story that ends,” he added. “And I see it in one way; guys who managed 22 years a club of that stature, there are not many.

“So I can only say, my friend, you have been very lucky to have such comfort to work for such a long time for a club of that stature.”

Burnley’s hammering in the capital had little impact on their impressive season as they were assured of a place in next season’s Europa League by Everton’s draw with Southampton on Saturday.

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Dejan Lovren confident Liverpool can still make top-four despite Chelsea defeat

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Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren insists history repeating itself can be a good thing for their Champions League aspirations.

Defeat at Chelsea on Sunday left Jurgen Klopp’s side heading into the final match of the season most likely needing victory over Brighton to secure a top four spot having squandered opportunities against West Brom and Stoke.

Victory for Antonio Conte’s side, currently in fifth, at home to Huddersfield on Wednesday would see them draw level with Liverpool on 72 points, albeit with a vastly inferior goal difference.

It would mean the Reds would have to match Chelsea’s result on Sunday at Newcastle in order to guarantee Champions League football next season – although they would have one last chance in the final against Real Madrid later this month.

A year ago they had to do the same in terms of Arsenal’s result and responded with a 3-0 win at home to Middlesbrough.

“It’s a similar (situation). We know what we can expect,” Lovren told liverpoolfc.com.

“It will definitely be tough. Brighton showed in their previous game against Manchester United that they can win against big teams.

“But I’m confident we can do it. It’s still in our hands. The next game will definitely be a tough game but I’m confident we can manage to win it.”

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