Kompany won't change with captaincy

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Vincent Kompany says he is honoured to have been handed the Manchester City captaincy, but insists that holding the armband on a permanent basis will not change his role within the team.

The 25-year-old defender was promoted to first-team skipper at the start of the 2011-12 campaign due to the uncertainty that surrounded the future of former captain Carlos Tevez - who was looking to move away from the Etihad Stadium prior to the close of the transfer window.

After failing to engineer a transfer, the Argentine striker remains in Manchester, but Roberto Mancini has opted to stick to his guns, and leave the captaincy in the capable hands of Kompany - who feels he has always been a leading figure within the squad.

The commanding Belgian international also revealed how his strong character, and steadying influence at the heart of the Citizens' defence is unlikely to alter with his new-found responsibility.


"It is an honour for me but it doesn't change my role in the club," confirmed Kompany. "I have always been a leading figure.

"Wearing the armband shouldn't have any effect on how you behave towards the group."

Meanwhile, fellow defender Pablo Zabaleta has emphasised the importance of City improving on their 1-1 draw with Napoli in the UEFA Champions League debut on Wednesday night.

Aleksanar Kolarov drew Mancini's men level after an Edinson Cavani opener, and Zabaleta spoke of the need to adjust to playing a higher standard of opponent in Europe.

"That is something we need to improve and try to correct," he said. "We need to keep strong as a team and try to improve.

"In the Premier League it is different to the Champions League, where you have the best teams in Europe. [But] we know we have a good team with quality and we have shown we have chances this year to win trophies."

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