CAPTAIN Vincent Kompany has hailed the signing of Raheem Sterling as “massive” for Manchester City as the club chases more trophies, saying his fearlessness sets him aside from his peers.
Sterling, 20, became the most expensive English footballer in history earlier this week when he signed from Liverpool on a five-year contract worth an initial £44-million (R848-million) that could rise to £49-million (R945-million).
He almost immediately got on a plane to join his new teammates in Australia, where City play a friendly on the Gold Coast today ahead of matches against Real Madrid and AS Roma in Melbourne.
City finished runners-up behind champions Chelsea last season and Kompany said the squad needed to be bolstered to challenge again, with Sterling seen as the perfect fit. “We have great quality in the team but you can’t compete nowadays if you don’t improve every year,” he said.
“Other teams improve, we need to improve and getting him [Sterling] puts us one step closer to being this team which can win trophies again. It’s very important for us.”
Kompany, who has played against Sterling in a number of big games in recent years, said it was his fearlessness that stood him apart.
“He’s quick, he’s very unpredictable -he’s shown that he has especially great determination,” he said.
“You play against so many players with great quality but it’s the fact that he’s always willing to put in the extra yard.
“That makes it that extra bit difficult when you have a player with quality who is not shy to run and put his body on the line — that’s a special player.”