Premier League

Kompany leaving Man City after 11 trophy-filled seasons

Vincent Kompany, one of the pillars behind Manchester City's rise as the major force in English soccer, said Sunday he was leaving the club after 11 seasons to become player-manager at former team Anderlecht in Belgium.

The defender went out on a high, announcing his departure a day after lifting the FA Cup trophy at Wembley Stadium following City's 6-0 win over Watford in the final. That clinched the domestic treble for City, an unprecedented feat in the men's game in England.

"As overwhelming as it is, the time has come for me to go. And what a season to bow out," Kompany said on his social-media channels. "I feel nothing but gratefulness. I am grateful to all those who supported me on a special journey, at a very special club."