Bundesliga expert reminds Man City how they gave Newcastle takeover blueprints with Kompany deal

By Jake Stokes & Dominic Farrell & Ross Jackson

Vincent Kompany will undoubtedly go down as one of Manchester City's greatest and most influential players, who opened the club's doors to unimaginable success, records and titles.

The Belgian's fairytale decade in Manchester is immortalised by a statue, numerous trophies and that goal against Leicester City,

His former Hamburg and City teammate Nigel de Jong is more of a cult hero and a player brought up in the conversation when debating the toughest Premier League's tacklers of all time.

Despite both joining City just six months or so apart, the duo were drafted in either side of the club's 2008 takeover. This helps to partly explain why they are remembered differently by the Hamburg fans who watched them during their early career.

In the latest City is Ours Facebook Live, Ross Jackson and Dom Farrell were joined by German Football expert Dominik Berger to discuss Tommy Doyle's loan move to Hamburg, along with other aspects of the shared history between the clubs - meaning Vinny and Nige were definitely on the agenda.

DB: "The problem is you have to divide between money, style of play and how it will affect the club. When you look at De Jong, who came for around €1.5million from Ajax and then got sold for €18m is a very nice deal for Hamburg obviously."

Berger continued by adding how unlucky Hamburg have been to have enjoyed talent like Kompany at the club but to have not seen him, among others, flourish at Volksparkstadion.

DB: "Then on the other hand, you had Kompany who came in for big money at that time but played just 30 games in two seasons so you are not happy when you buy such a big talent but nothing really happens for him.

"But, when he plays for City he becomes a complete legend and you ask yourself, 'why not for us?'. Hamburg have had the big players but, unfortunately, they exploded at different places."

Vincent Kompany will go down as a Manchester City legend. (Shaun Botterill/Getty Images.)

Berger concluded by detailing the overriding difference between how De Jong and Kompany are perceived at Hamburg despite both having used the Bundesliga to propel their careers.

DB: "De Jong is seen differently because he had many other clubs afterwards so it was not like the strong connection with Kompany because he can say he only had three clubs, which is always more welcomed with fans.

"Kompany is better in the view of the fans because he played for just three big clubs."

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