If you weren’t sure beforehand, the fact that Vincent Kompany, who was ready to hang up his boots after the World Cup, is still going strong with Belgium means he is still hungry. Very hungry.

Winning a fair amount of trophies with Manchester City over the past few years, the veteran centre-back’s desire to win hasn’t diminished. 

If anything, with age, it’s increased.

Speaking to the press after Belgium’s 4-0 win over Scotland, he said, relayed by Le Soir: “My state of mind? I’m more motivated than ever. We didn’t see the World Cup as an end, but a step, and there was no way we were going to come in trundling. We all have goals with our clubs, and it’s important to not lose sight of them during international breaks”.

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Knowing full well his time as a professional footballer is coming to an end, the Manchester City captain wants to get as much done as possible before he retires, and that includes lifting a cup with his country.

For him, that could be the Nations League, even if many still aren’t sure if there’s any value in the recently established competition, especially for the top teams.

He said: “What I take from this tournament is that there’s a trophy at the end of it, and I want to lift it.”

Spending most of last season out of Pep Guardiola’s side due to injury, the 32-year-old has reestablished himself as one of the more important players at Manchester City, starting and captaining two out of the first four Premier League games.