Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has spoken to media in his native Belgium stating that he will be "coming back even stronger than before" to amend last season's disappointing campaign which saw his team eclipsed by Chelsea in the Premier League.
Already back in training, Kompany has refused to focus on a frustrating last season, instead looking ahead to the next campaign where he plans to ensure his performances are back up to the standard fans are accustomed to seeing.
After an encouraging start to the Premier League last term, injuries hampered the defender's progress for the remainder of the season and as a result has form started to wane which coincided with Manchester City beginning to drop away from title-rivals Chelsea in the league.
The 25 appearances he made for the club last season are considered some of his poorest in a city shirt to date, a sharp drop from when he was considered as as the finest defenders in the league before then.
However, in an effort to restore fans faith in his abilities he has admitted to his shortcomings last season but insists that his best performances are yet to come.
As reported by ESPN, he said "At the level at which I play, I don’t expect flowers when things aren’t going well.
“The day I win a prize and I have a good season, people will say I’m the best defender in the world. When a forward dribbles past me, they’ll say I’m the worst defender in the world.
“The truth is that I can play football - don’t worry - and I’m coming back even stronger than before. I have to show it on the pitch. I don’t have a choice.That’s the challenge for me.
"Up until November, it was a very good season. After that, there were some injuries, and it was difficult to get my rhythm back. That's why I can't wait for the season to start. I'm 29, and I want to show that I am still able to achieve a higher level than I have shown up till now".
DESIRE TO WIN
Having gone into last season with ambitions of winning back-back-Premier League titles City fell well short of doing so as Chelsea virtually cantered away with the trophy from the turn of the year.
Despite having won the Premier League twice in the last four seasons with Manchester City, Kompany insists that it wasn't complacency which resulted in his team losing out to their London rivals, stressing that his desire to win silverware next season is bigger than ever.
"That's the challenge for me. Every day, I wake up in the morning motivated to go to work and 'kill' myself in training if necessary, because I know there are many things to come. I'm hungrier now than when I was 17 and I made my first-team debut at Anderlecht.
"It's indescribable the desire I have to get out on the pitch and to put on my boots and dot the Is and cross the 'Ts. There is a time for everything. I am preparing myself, I'm building my strength, and I'm trying to improve."
STAYING AT CITY
Even though Manchester City resembled something of a sinking ship last season there is a clear intention from the Belgian to remain at the club for the foreseeable future and restore the club to their former lofty heights On a final note in his interview Kompany appeared to rule out a move elsewhere.
He said: "I still have four years on my Manchester City contract, and I feel good there. I have the honour of being club captain, and that means something in England. For the moment, I'm happy, and I continue with the ambition of winning every trophy with City."
Ready to make amends for his series of poor displays last season Kompany appears resolute in his belief that he will be a force to be reckoned with next season. While many players are still enjoying their time off before a gruelling pre-season begins, Manchester City's captain has been busting a gut in the gym. He will hope his work work pays off.