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Burnley statement confirming Vincent Kompany's move to Bayern Munich makes the club's feelings very clear

Burnley statement confirming Vincent Kompany's move to Bayern Munich makes the club's feelings very clear

Vincent Kompany has officially been announced as Bayern Munich's new head coach.

Burnley have released a strongly-worded statement after Vincent Kompany was confirmed as the new head coach of Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.

Kompany, who helped the Clarets achieve Premier League promotion during his debut season at Turf Moor, was certainly enthusiastic ahead of the 2023/24 campaign.

But the Belgian failed to keep Burnley afloat as they finished 19th in the league with five wins from a possible 38.

Now, just weeks after the Premier League's conclusion, Kompany will succeed Thomas Tuchel as the new head coach of Bayern Munich after the two clubs agreed a compensation fee of around £10 million.

Shortly before Bayern announced the news, Burnley released a statement on their own.

The club says it was "initially confident" of keeping Kompany at the helm but doing so became "impossible" due to the "allure and prestige" of a club like Bayern.

Here is the statement in full:

"We can confirm that Burnley FC has come to an agreement that will allow Vincent Kompany to leave Turf Moor.

"Whilst we were initially confident in retaining our manager, the changing dynamics of the situation made this impossible.

"We understand the allure and prestige of a club like Bayern Munich and respect Vincent’s ambition to explore new opportunities.

"We wish only the best for Vincent and would like to put on record our appreciation for his dedication every single day he was a part of this football club.

"Our priority remains the stability and success of Burnley FC, and we will continue to take the necessary steps to ensure that our ambition is realised - namely our return to the Premier League.

"We have started the search for a new manager and will make an announcement in due course."

Image: Getty
Image: Getty

Kompany, meanwhile, has opened up on taking one of the biggest jobs in world football.

"I'm looking forward to the challenge. It's a great honour to be able to work for this club - FC Bayern is an institution in international football," he told the club's official website.

"As a coach, you have to stand for who you are as a person: I love having the ball, being creative - and we also have to be aggressive on the pitch and courageous.

"I'm now looking forward to the most basic things: working with the players, building a team. When the foundation is in place, success will follow."

Bayern's CEO Jan-Christian Dreesen also commented on the appointment, saying: "We all at the club agree that Vincent Kompany is the right coach for FC Bayern and are very much looking forward to working with him.

"Max Eberl and Christoph Freund never gave up and worked meticulously to find a coach who would lead FC Bayern to success and develop it further with new ideas.

"Vincent Kompany represents exactly the togetherness and team spirit that we need."

Christoph Freund, who is the sporting director at Bayern, described Kompany as a coach that "fits in very well" with their philosophy and identity. "His teams want the ball, want to play dominant and high-intensity football," he added.

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Topics: Burnley, Premier League, Bayern Munich, Bundesliga, Vincent Kompany, Belgium