Bosses at the Etihad are happy to wait until the end of the season before deciding whether to hand Vincent Kompany a new deal. The Manchester City skipper celebrated a decade of service at the club this week but is out of contract next year, with no plans to sit down at this stage.
Club insiders state both parties remain “relaxed” about the situation and the Citizens have no fears the Belgium central defender will threaten to walk away for free next summer to get them to the negotiating table quicker.
Kompany arrived for a bargain £6million from Hamburg back in 2008 and has since gone on to cement legendary status in City folklore by leading them to three Premier League titles.
It’s understood boss Pep Guardiola still holds reservations over the 32-year-old’s poor injury record and wants to see how things work out during this campaign.
There is plenty of mutual trust on both sides and the club’s top brass also envisage a potential future executive role for Kompany within the ever-expanding City Football Group, when he eventually does decide to hang up his boots.
That won’t be for a while yet, however, with the veteran defender convinced there is still plenty of football left in his legs at the top level and that he expects to continue with the reigning English champions.