Kompany backs class clown Silva to take Manchester City captaincy

Bernardo Silva has enjoyed an incredible season at Manchester City, and Vincent Kompany backed him to become the Premier League champion side's captain.

Bernardo Silva enjoyed a fantastic season for Manchester City, scoring seven goals and providing as many assists in the league this term.   -  Getty Images

Vincent Kompany said Manchester City team-mate Bernardo Silva can become captain of the Premier League champion.

Kompany lifted his fourth Premier League title as City captain on Sunday, after Pep Guardiola's side beat Brighton and Hove Albion 4-1 to finally see off Liverpool's challenge.

The 33-year-old scored a stunning goal in the win over Leicester City in the penultimate game of the season, setting his team up for a final-day victory at the AMEX Stadium.

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Portugal playmaker Silva, meanwhile, has enjoyed a fantastic season for City, scoring seven goals and providing as many assists in the league this term.

And Kompany believes the 24-year-old has all the attributes to become City's leader in years to come, as long as he cuts down on being the class clown.

"I say to him often you are 50 per cent clown, 50 per cent leader," Kompany told French radio station RMC.

"When he becomes 25 per cent clown, 75 per cent leader he will become the captain of this team.

"He is so strong and to be honest there is nobody who deserves this title more."

Silva's superb campaign was reflected by his nomination for the PFA Players' Player of the Year Award – which was won by Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk – and his inclusion in the PFA Team of the Year.

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