Roberto Mancini has revealed that he tried to convince Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany not to join up with Belgium for the last round of international fixtures, and admitted that he was disappointed the defender didn’t take his advice, according to the
Kompany has not played for City since limping out of an FA Cup match at Stoke City in late January with a calf injury, the third time in a year, the newspaper adds, that Kompany has suffered a problem with his calf muscle.
City were keen to take every precaution with their skipper before he resumed playing and wearing the colours of the Belgium national team was not part of the club’s play for recuperation, to the point Mancini actively tried to persuade Kompany to stay at home.
“I am disappointed. I said to him: ‘Stay here to have more treatment but don’t go to play because it would be taking a risk for us because these next two months are really important’,” Mancini confirmed.
When Kompany insisted he had to go because the national team coach, Marc Wilmots, had selected him, Mancini suggested that Kompany travel, undergo a scan and return, but that’s not what happened.
Instead, Kompany played the full 90 minutes of Belgium’s 1-0 World Cup qualification win over Macedonia on Tuesday. The only goal of the game was scored by Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, leaving Belgium joint top of Group A with Croatia.
Mancini continued: “Sometimes the player should understand that the club is more important. I don’t say that international football is not important because I never say to my players: ‘Don’t go to the national team.’
“But there are some cases that the club is more important and all players should understand this.”
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