The 33-year-old Belgian has signed a three-year deal with the Belgian club after 11 years at Etihad Stadium, eight of which he spent as club captain.
Saturday’s 6-0 FA Cup final win over Watford was Kompany’s final game for City, after winning four Premier League titles, two FA Cups and four League Cups.
In an open letter on Facebook, Belgium defender Kompany said leaving City
“doesn’t feel real”.
“Countless of times have I imagined this day,” he said. “After all, the end has felt nearby for so many years. “Man City has given me everything. I’ve tried to give back as much as I possibly could.”
In a second letter released hours later, Kompany announced his move to Anderlecht, who said his arrival marked the “return of the prince”, “I want to share my knowledge with the next purple generations,” said Kompany, who first joined Anderlecht at the age of six.
Vinnie on City’s Boss Khaldoon Al Mubarak
“I cherish the counsel and leadership of a good human being, Khaldoon Al Mubarak. Man City could not be in better hands.”
Al Mubarak said: “He will always be part of the City family. “With that, I will also put a bit of Manchester in the heart of Belgium.”
“I am not sure he expected to lift the Premier League trophy on four occasions during his captaincy but he will be remembered and revered whenever this period of unprecedented City success is spoken about by future generations.
‘I stopped at Anderlecht just to say hello’
Kompany played for Anderlecht from 2003 to 2006 and scored five goals in 73 games. Anderlecht are currently sixth in the Belgian First Division and company is ready to bring back the glory days back to the club after learning a lot from his ex-manager at city Pep Gurdiola
“I stopped at their training grounds on my way to international duty last year. Just to say hello,” Kompany said. “[Marc] Coucke, the chairman, and sports director Michael Verschueren asked my opinion regarding the difficult situation the club was in.
“I shared my thoughts and listened to their vision for the future: ambitious, courageous and determined to get back to number one.”
Kompany offered his help with “no strings attached”, and said it was “unexpected” when they offered him the position of player-manager “not so long ago”. “I was left not only impressed, but also intrigued by this sign of confidence in me,” he said.
His goal against Leicester city broke most Liverpool fans but stands out as his best Goal.