Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has announced that all the money he earns while on International duty with Belgium will be donated to charity.
Kompany has 70 caps for Belgium, and is looking to extend his national career for as long as possible. Despite being one of the best central defenders in the Premier League, the 30-year-old has been struggling with niggling injuries for the past few years.
He is currently still on the sidelines, as City kicked off their Premier League campaign with a 2-1 win against Sunderland without him. He has been injured 33 times since he joined the club back in 2008.
However, he is determined to stay fit this season, and released a video statement confirming that he will donate all the money he earns from playing for Belgium to charity.
He said: “It’s the start of the new season. As most of you probably know, I’ve been working hard for three months now to be able to rejoin the team.
“First and foremost, I want to thank you, because without you it wouldn’t work. I definitely do this for you, but I also have ambitions at my club, Manchester City. I hope to have a successful year there, in good health.
“Of course with the Belgian Red Devils, as well, I hope for a successful and healthy year.
“I was also able to look back on the past. I’ve played with the team for 13 years, which is a very long time. When I started I was 17 years old and wanted to achieve a lot, obviously on the field, but also beyond. I have three children, a happy life, so I can afford to take a decision to help me go further in that direction.
“In the coming years in the national team I want to give up the total sum I would be entitled to from the national team. I will donate it to charities that are special to me. This will motivate me even more and especially get me more fun moments with our fans and with this fantastic team.
“All that looking ahead to 2018, and why not further?”