Last Updated: Thu, 04 Apr 2013 08:59
Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich are ready to move for Vincent Kompany if the City skipper ignites a club-versus-country row.
The two Spanish superclubs and the German giants are the most likely bidders for the 26-year-old Belgian defender if Kompany's row with manager Roberto Mancini over appearing for his country last week escalates further.
Mancini criticised his captain after he disobeyed an instruction to pull out of Belgium's World Cup qualifier with Macedonia. He had not played for Manchester City for two months before last weekend because of a calf injury.
The Belgian media have suggested Kompany was frustrated after being criticised publicly by the Italian and at the treatment he was receiving on the manager's advice to cure the injury that had kept him out since late January.
Newspaper Het Nieuwsblad claimed the player was far happier working with national team physiotherapist Lieven Maesschalck, who he had asked to visit him in Manchester earlier in the season, and who was credited with overseeing his latest return to action.
They also note that the last time Kompany was involved in any club-versus-country dispute it hastened his departure from Hamburg to Manchester in 2008.
Real Madrid have long been admirers of Kompany and were said to be in for him five years ago, while Barcelona are known to be desperate to recruit a top-class central defender this summer.
Pep Guardiola's move to Bayern Munich next season will ensure the German champions-elect are an attractive proposition, but City have Kompany tied down until 2018 after he signed a five-year deal last summer with the option of a further year.
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