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Vincent Kompany testimonial: Man City legend hailed as ‘an inspiration and a true leader’ by former team-mate Micah Richards

Former Manchester City defender Micah Richards has told talkSPORT he is honoured to be making his return to the pitch in former team-mate Vincent Kompany’s testimonial.

A host of City legends are set to play at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night as part of the Belgian icon’s City send-off – which Kompany is ironically unable to play in due to injury.

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Vincent Kompany will say farewell to Manchester City on Wednesday, but is unable to play due to injury
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Premier League winner Richards announced his retirement from football in July but will pull on the blue shirt again as part of a Man City Legends XI, which also features former players James Milner, Mario Balotelli and Shaun Wright-Phillips and current stars Sergio Aguero and David Silva.

They will face a Premier League Legends XI side that is packed with former Manchester United players, including Phil and Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Robin van Persie – plus Arsenal legend Thierry Henry for good measure – which is sure to create a buzzing atmosphere for supporters.


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Micah Richards in Manchester City training
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Kompany left Manchester City after 11 trophy-laden years this summer to take over as player/coach at Anderlecht.

The hulking centre-back – club captain for eight years – made 265 appearances for City, winning four Premier League titles, two FA Cups and four League Cups.

And Richards, who spent seven years alongside him in the City back-four, says the event will be a fitting send off for a ‘genuine legend’.

“The best word to describe him is inspirational,” Richards told talkSPORT host Jim White. “On and off the field, he’s a true leader.

Micah Richards celebrates with Vincent Kompany during his playing days for Manchester City
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“I think the word legend gets thrown around too easily nowadays, but he is a genuine legend and he’s one of the best centre-backs to grace the Premier League.

“And to have this event and all the money going to Tackle4MCR, a charity that helps homeless people, it’s shows the man he is by giving it to charity when a lot of players would have put their money in the pocket from the gate receipts.

“He’s an inspiration, to play alongside him for so many years was brilliant.

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“I can’t speak highly enough of him, he really is an inspiration and he’s loved here by the City fans “

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