Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says captain Vincent Kompany has a future at the club, but needs “faith to play regularly” after a run of injuries.
Kompany, who played 22 times for City last season, was replaced at half-time of Wednesday’s derby against Manchester United because he was “tired”.
“He has a contract. So of course,” said Guardiola, when asked if the 30-year-old had a future with City.
“He was injured many times. We’re trying to give him faith to play.”
Aleksandar Kolarov replaced the Belgian international at Old Trafford in the EFL Cup match, with the visitors losing 1-0 courtesy of Juan Mata’s 54th-minute strike.
Kompany lifted the Premier League title with City in 2012 and 2014, but a string of calf and shin problems over recent seasons have restricted his involvement in recent campaigns.
He played 33 times for City in 2014-2015, compared to 37 times the previous season. He was signed from Hamburg in August 2008 and his current contract runs until 2019