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Manchester City 'want Matthijs de Ligt as Vincent Kompany replacement'

Man City 'eye De Ligt as Kompany replacement'
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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola reportedly identifies Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt as a potential long-term replacement for captain Vincent Kompany.

Manchester City have reportedly identified Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt as a potential long-term replacement for captain Vincent Kompany.

The 18-year-old has established himself as a regular in Ajax's first team over the past two seasons, making 34 appearances in all competitions during the campaign just finished, including becoming the youngest captain in Dutch football history.

The Guardian reports that City manager Pep Guardiola sees De Ligt as a player who could fit into his philosophy at the club.

City are on the lookout for a replacement for Kompany, who has suffered from numerous injury problems in recent seasons and is entering the final year of his contract at the Etihad Stadium.

The 32-year-old's form during the 2018-19 season is expected to determine whether City will offer him an extension.

Guardiola will now weigh up how much game time he would be able to give to De Ligt before deciding whether or not to make a move for the Netherlands international, with Kompany, Nicolas Otamendi, John Stones and Aymeric Laporte already available to him.

De Ligt has also been linked with a move to the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Bayern Munich.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool31237170185276
2Manchester CityMan City30242479215874
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs30201957322561
4Arsenal30186663392460
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd30177658401858
6Chelsea30176750331757
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves30128103836244
8Watford30127114244-243
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham31126134146-542
10Leicester CityLeicester31125144043-341
11Everton31117134342140
12Bournemouth31115154356-1338
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle3198143140-935
14Crystal Palace3096153641-533
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2996143242-1033
16Southampton3079143450-1630
17Burnley3186173559-2430
18Cardiff CityCardiff3084182757-3028
19Fulham3145222970-4117
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield3135231857-3914

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