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Kompany: Only City, Real and Barca can keep stars
Vincent Kompany believes Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona are the only clubs in the world who do not have to worry about losing their best players.
Kompany, who joined from Hamburg in 2008, recently signed a new five-year contract to keep him at City until 2019, by which time he will be 33.
He is one of six key players to sign a new long-term contract this summer with Edin Dzeko and Aleksandar Kolarov agreeing four-year deals and Samir Nasri, Sergio Aguero and David Silva signing five-year contracts, which Kompany claims makes City a rarity compared to other clubs.
Manchester City face Liverpool on Monday night knowing the visitors to the Etihad are shorn of player of the year Luis Suarez, who was sold to Barcelona this summer for £75 million. That is a situation Kompany is relieved his club are able to avoid.
"Virtually every club in the world is looking over their shoulder at a bigger club who wants to take their players away, with maybe the exception of Barcelona and Real Madrid, but that is not the case at City," Kompany told Sky Sports.
"It is hugely important. Consistency is now starting to settle in; you see players who have won a lot of trophies for the club, players who have been very successful for the club, stating that they see their future with City and that they want to remain with the club.
"That's an important factor for me because it feels as though we are building something for the long term.
"So it is important for the fans but also for me and the other players that have signed. We know that the players who know how to achieve success and are still very ambitious in the dressing room, ambition that we can all feel, remain part of this story."
City won the Premier League title for the second time in three years last season and now Kompany has set his sights on retaining it, although he believes it will be tougher.
"Winning back-to-back titles is difficult to achieve because all your main rivals are even hungrier to claim the title after missing out the previous year, plus every team wants to beat the current champions and they seem to put that extra bit in to win the match," said Kompany. "I want to lead this team to back-to-back titles."