London - Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany says he
does not regret playing for Belgium during the international break against
manager Manuel Pellegrini's wishes and he will not allow the decision to hurt
his relationship with the Chilean.
Kompany joined his national side this month for their
European Championship qualifiers against Andorra and Israel despite carrying a
calf injury he picked up on Sept. 15 that ruled him out of five games for his
Pellegrini made it clear that the defender was not fit to
play for his country and although Kompany sat out the first qualifier against
Andorra on Oct. 10, he played against Israel on Oct. 13, despite the game being
a dead rubber as Belgium had already qualified for next year's finals in France.
Upon his return from international duty, Kompany was dropped
for City's games against Bournemouth and Sevilla, but featured in Sunday's 0-0
draw with Manchester United, and the 29-year-old has admitted that the
tug-of-war between club and country will always be a thorny issue.
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"For now, the past and the future, it's always going to
be a little bit of a tricky situation," Kompany was quoted as saying by
the British media.
"They are two very important teams that have different
goals and ambitions and it's just normal that stuff like this happens.
"I would not have played (against Israel) if I was not
fit. But I'm a professional... I just deal with it.
"I dealt with my decision and I didn't have a problem
with it. It's fine. I work hard, always. I'm always positive for the team. It's
not at (the age of) 29 that I need too much explanation (from the manager) any
more," he said.
The Belgian captain also dismissed suggestions of a rift
with Pellegrini, who has had to face questions about whether he was punishing
the player by dropping him.
"The relationship is good," Kompany said.
"The problem is there's two opinionated people who have
strong characters with a difference in opinion on one single subject, but it
doesn't compromise anything we do going forward. We still have the same goal.
"Every single time I've had the chance to put my boots
on this term I've done very well, with my national team and club.
"I'm a team player. We all want to achieve the same
thing in the end."For
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