Vincent Kompany has announced that he will become the player-manager of Belgian side Anderlecht on a three-year deal.
The Manchester City captain announced that he would be leaving the Premier League champions this summer, after bringing an end to a glittering 11-year spell with the Citizens, following Saturday's stunning FA Cup triumph which completed City's domestic Treble.
In an open letter to fans on Facebook, Kompany wrote: "And yet I choose to rebel against what an end wants to be. I choose to be grateful for the past but remain ambitious and driven for the future.
"For the next 3 years, I will take up the role of Player-Manager of RSC Anderlecht. Belgium's finest. This may come as a surprise to you. It's the most passionate yet rational decision I've ever made.
"As a footballer, I was born and raised at RSC Anderlecht. Since the age of 6, I have been one with that club. A history of 34 league titles, they are second to none."
Kompany went on in the statement to describe how the offer of his next move came to fruition, in what has become one of the first stunning moves of the summer. Anderlecht fell short of domestic supremacy this term, and will look to Kompany's leadership next season to guide them back to the summit of the Belgian First Division A.