Pep Guardiola has spared no one in his pursuit of perfection at Manchester City, telling major stars like Joe Hart, Yaya Toure, Samir Nasri, Wilfried Bony and Eliaquim Mangala that they can leave.
Big changes were always expected when the Spaniard took charge this summer and many pundits expected his axe to stretch as far as the club captain Vincent Kompany. Although still widely considered to be one of the best defenders in the Premier League, his problems with form and fitness meant he could not be relied upon.
He made just 22 appearances for Manchester City last season and missed Belgium's Euro 2016 with groin and thigh problems. Even now, several months after suffering the original affliction, he is not fit to start. But, according to The Times, the towering Belgian has done enough to convince Guardiola that he can stay.
That is despite the fact that senior figures at the Etihad warned Guardiola that Kompany may not be up to scratch. Director of football Txiki Begiristain was well aware that he may have to find a buyer for the 30-year-old but has now been advised by the head coach that he has a role to play.
Guardiola has, according to the same report, been left impressed by Kompany's application and dedication in training while club physios have assured him that he is making significant progress in his rehabilitation.
There is even hope that he could be fit to start the highly anticipated Manchester derby after the upcoming international break and, if not, the Champions League group game against Borussia Monchengladbach three days later.
Transfer plans on hold
Guardiola's decision to keep Kompany has spared Manchester City's owners quite a large sum of money, not that they are in any sort of financial difficulty, of course.
That is because Leonardo Bonucci of Juventus was rumoured to be the first-choice target to replace Kompany. The Serie A champions were believed to want around £60m for the Italian international but now plans to sign him have been put on hold.
Manchester City will be looking to maintain their 100% record when they face West Ham at the Etihad on Sunday afternoon.
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