Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is set to become the next big name player to be shown the exit door, after he was left out of the squad for the Champions League defeat in Barcelona.
Yaya Toure and Joe Hart have already been sidelined by Pep Guardiola, with the latter already moving out on loan to Torino, while Toure is expected to either leave in January or in the summer when his contract expires.
The Daily Mail reports that Kompany was fit and available to face Barcelona following a brief comeback against Everton at the weekend, but Guardiola decided to put teenage defender Pablo Maffeo on the bench instead.
Kompany’s Belgium teammate Kevin De Bruyne confirmed the decision afterwards, saying: “That’s Pep’s choice. He must have had his reasons.”
The exclusion will come as a huge blow to Kompany, who has had to endure an injury blighted run over the last two seasons and now looks unlikely to stay beyond the end of the season.
According to the report, City were in two minds about keeping him this summer and the 30-year-old was injured in his only start under Guardiola in the EFL Cup at Swansea City last month.
Kompany is understood to have grown increasingly frustrated and was involved in an angry confrontation with Aleksandar Kolarov in training before the Manchester derby.