The long-serving captain announced on Sunday he was leaving City after 11 successful years to take up the role of player-manager at Anderlecht.
Consequently the 33-year-old was the star of the show as City celebrated this season’s historic treble with an open-top bus parade through Manchester city centre on Monday.
Speaking as the parade culminated with a stage show outside Manchester Cathedral, the Belgian said: “I’ve given everything I could for this club. I can’t tell you how proud of that I am. I have nothing left. I have given everything.”
Kompany’s future had been the subject of speculation for some time but he realised the time was right to leave when he scored a spectacular winner against Leicester earlier this month.
Kompany’s long-range strike, in their penultimate game of the season, took City within one game of retaining their Premier League title.
He said: “The moment that ball against Leicester went ‘top bins’ I knew I was done! I couldn’t do anything better. It felt right.”
The Belgian now expects the club to go on to even greater success in the future.
Kompany, who ended his speech with a ‘mic drop’, said: “Eleven years at this club, what a journey we’ve been on. We were always a great club without silverware but now we’ve got silverware and I’m really proud.
“This group of players – we’ve given you something you deserved for a long time. Now this team is ready to achieve so much more.”
Kompany won 10 major trophies during his time with City, culminating with Saturday’s FA Cup final victory over Watford.
Manager Pep Guardiola paid tribute to his captain and tipped him to return to City in some capacity in the future.
He said: “I think we’re going to miss him a lot. I’m going to miss him but he is going to see us in the future because he is coming back sooner or later.
“It’s the best way to say goodbye after an incredible season together. He was a real captain, he helped us a lot. We’re going to show him how we love him.”
Guardiola, who was wearing a flat cap in tribute to the late Bernard Halford, the club’s life president who died recently, said he had thought “zero” about next season.
He said: “Now it’s time to have good food, good wine and enjoy this incredible season together. In a few weeks we are going to think about it. Now we are going to enjoy what we have done.”
Organisers of the event estimated the crowd to be around 100,000. Banners branded City as ‘The Fourmidables’, reflecting their treble of Premier League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup along with the Community Shield.
It was the first time any side had completed a clean sweep of all the domestic trophies. City were also joined by their victorious women’s side, who won an FA Cup and League Cup double.
Manchester City celebrated their historic treble with a trophy parade through the city on Monday.
Pep Guardiola’s side became the first team in England to win the league and both domestic cups following their 6-0 win over Watford in the English FA Cup final on Saturday.
City had already won Premier League together with the Carabao Cup that they clinched in February.
Captain Vincent Kompany announced his departure from the club in the aftermath of their FA Cup success bringing to an end his 11-year stay in Manchester.
Kompany waved to fans that lined the streets of Manchester in his final appearance before he leaves to rejoin his boyhood club Anderlecht in his new role as player-manager.
“Vincent (Kompany) we are going to miss him a lot,” admitted Guardiola.” I am going to miss him. I think it’s an incredible way to (send him off). We are going to see him in the future because he is coming back sooner or later.”
Watch what Guardiola and Kompany had to say in the video above.
Manchester City need a new captain as Vincent Kompany brings to a close 11 memorable years with the club.
There is no shortage of internal candidates given the number of players who have worn the armband during the defender’s recent injury woes, but finding one whose credentials stand out above all the others is not so easy.
Here, Press Association Sport looks at who might get a new spot in the training ground car park next season.
The old guard
Two players stand out among Pep Guardiola’s existing dressing room leadership group – David Silva and Fernandinho. Silva is elevated to the status of City’s longest-serving player following Kompany’s departure and, as the vice-captain, could be a natural fit to become skipper as he goes into his 10th season at the Etihad.
Fernandinho was so often the man to get the armband when Kompany was sidelined with injury and would have another strong claim. The problem both men face is that time is against them.
Silva is 33 and Fernandinho 34, with both seeing their playing time wane this season and likely to fall further again next time around.
The other names in that leadership unit – Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero – have a little more time on their side, particularly the 27-year-old De Bruyne.
Could it be one Belgian for another? The playmaker has had a season ravaged by injury this year but assuming he can stay fit next campaign would surely be one of the first names of Guardiola’s teamsheet and a popular choice both with fans and team-mates alike.
An online poll by the Manchester Evening News found that De Bruyne would be the first choice of 48 per cent of fans.
Next in line
Raheem Sterling, who continues to impress on and off the field, finished the 7-0 Champions League win over Schalke with the armband after Silva was substituted, while centre-back John Stones would be another candidate assuming he can re-establish himself as a regular with Kompany gone.
The outgoing skipper has himself pointed to Bernardo Silva as future captaincy material if he can find the right balance between his emerging role as a leader and his status as one of the dressing-room jokers.
City are expected to look to the transfer market for new centre-halves with Kompany gone and Nicolas Otamendi linked with a move away. City would face a fight to land Matthijs De Ligt but should they get him, they would have a player who has captained Ajax to the Eredivisie title and the Champions League semi-finals at the age of 19.
Leicester’s Harry Maguire, another player to be linked, has been tipped as a future England captain.