Manchester City's players will fund coach travel for supporters attending next month's FA Cup final against Watford. 

Each member of the City first-team squad will fund a bus, making 26 in total, subject to demand. 

"The support from our fans throughout the season has been nothing short of incredible," City captain Vincent Kompany told his club's official website. 

"Travelling to so many games in league and cup competitions, both home and away, is not easy to do and is something that every player in our squad values and appreciates." 

City were knocked out of the Champions League on away goals by Tottenham on Wednesday when a dramatic tie ended 4-4 on aggregate at the Etihad Stadium. 

Pep Guardiola's team remain in contention for an unprecedented domestic treble, as they continue to march on blow-for-blow with Liverpool at the top of the Premier League after lifting the EFL Cup thanks to a penalty shoot-out triumph over Chelsea February. 

Those exertions mean the Watford game will be City's fifth trip to Wembley this season, with supporters having criticised both high ticket prices and limited public transport provision back to Manchester from London following kick-offs in the late afternoon.

"Although last night’s result [against Tottenham] was not the one that we had hoped for, it was very special to hear our fans in full voice for 90 minutes backing the team," Kompany added. 

"We still have so much to fight for this season and this is our way of saying thank you to them for being with us every step of the way." 

Vincent Kompany says he is using his experience of Premier League triumphs in 2011-12 and 2013-14 to help his Manchester City team-mates overcome Liverpool in this season's pulsating title race.

Pep Guardiola's side are two points behind Liverpool at the summit but do have a game in hand, against Manchester United a week on Wednesday.

While City won the title by a whopping 19 points last season, they required final-day victories to get their hands on the trophy in 2012 and 2014 ahead of United and Liverpool respectively.

And given the tight nature of this season's battle with Jurgen Klopp's side, Kompany says he his sharing his experiences of City's first two Premier League wins and not last season's procession to glory.

"That's kind of the experience I try to pass on to the other lads," Kompany told reporters.

"Last season is not the one we should refer to really. It's the other two where we had to win every game and we had five games to play, six to play.

"It was the same type of battle, between two teams, and what I say is that in those times you can actually trust your team to be better.

"You can trust your team to be better than before because everybody prepares well, goes to bed at the right time, people eat right. It's the priority on everyone's mind and that should give comfort rather than nerves."

Kompany made just his ninth Premier League start of the campaign in City's 3-1 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Raheem Sterling scored twice to take his league tally for the season to 17 and the City captain says the England forward has reached a level where match-winning displays are now expected.

"Raheem is there at the right time," he said. "These are the moments we are expecting him to be bringing the team over the line. He's a great professional."

City face Tottenham in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday, before taking on Mauricio Pochettino's side again in the Premier League four days later.

Vincent Kompany wants to continue his career next season but is content to delay discussions over a new Manchester City deal.

City captain Kompany, 33, is out of contract at the end of 2018-19..

The experienced defender has been at the Etihad Stadium since 2008 and reports earlier this year indicated he will be offered a 12-month extension.

However, Pep Guardiola has previously warned the Belgium international will not be retained purely for sentimental reasons, with injury issues having restricted him to nine Premier League starts this term.

"I'll be playing next season," Kompany said when asked about his future by talkSPORT, though the centre-back did not specify where.

"I'm part of the [City] family now, so we'll deal with this situation as a family.

"We might agree or disagree, but it won't change any of the relationships between me and the club.

"But it's not a priority right now. One guarantee is that I will be playing and trying to win more trophies."

Kompany played 90 minutes in the 3-1 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday after watching from the bench as City slumped to a 1-0 loss in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie against Tottenham.

The ex-Anderlecht and Hamburg man is confident the deficit can be overturned when the teams reconvene in Manchester on Wednesday.

"Of course we can, but it will need to be a special night," he said.

"I look at Wednesday and for me it's a night of opportunities. You go into these games and you know you can do something special. If not, why are we in this game?"

And manager Guardiola is equally confident of progressing to the final four.

"If you ask me what is going to happen, we'll be in the semi-finals. That is what I feel right now," Guardiola told Sky Sports.

"It's what I felt right after the game and when I reviewed the game. Maybe I'm wrong but what I feel now, we'll be in the semi-finals.

"The [first-leg] result is not ideal but it's not a disaster. We are able to score goals and we are going to do it."

Phil Foden said his Manchester City career so far has been "a dream" as he paid tribute to the guidance senior players like David Silva and Vincent Kompany have given him this season.

The 18-year-old midfielder has emerged as one of the club's brightest youth products for years, enjoying double the number of Premier League appearances he made in 2017-18 and regularly featuring in Pep Guardiola's starting line-up in cup competitions.

Foden's rise to prominence has been rapid but he is keeping himself grounded with the help of City's experienced old heads, who have been on hand with words of wisdom while he hones his game.

"It's a dream," Foden told the Daily Mail. "I've been a City fan from young and I've watched these players growing up as well. To play with them and see what they do every day, to learn off them - it's special. I just enjoy it every day, being there and learning from them.

"David is always giving me advice, it's one little thing. He says just to know your time on the ball and things like that. He will always help you out.

"He'll say 'Oh, you could have set the ball there instead of turning'. It's just listening to him. Everyone is good with that; Vincent Kompany is the same.

"I liked to watch Spanish teams at home when I was younger. I don't try to copy anyone but I like to learn from people."

With the likes of Silva, Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva and Kevin De Bruyne ahead of him in the pecking order of midfielders at City, Foden could be forgiven for looking enviously at the likes of Jadon Sancho, who left the club at 17 and is playing regular first-team football for Borussia Dortmund.

But the Stockport-born teenager, who will be a key player for England Under-21s at the European Championship in June, is confident he can make his mark at the Etihad Stadium.

"Hopefully I bring something different to the team but there is a lot of quality in every position," said Foden.

"People say you're a bit different and it's a good thing so I'm just trying to help the team and do well for them. I've been working in the gym quite hard, just little things, not too much.

"You don't need to be too big as a footballer, you just need that little bit on you."

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany believes Premier League title rivals Liverpool will win all of their remaining games.

Pep Guardiola's men hold a one-point lead at the top with eight matches left in the Premier League this season.

City have won 24 of their 30 league games this campaign, while Liverpool have 22 victories after beating Burnley 4-2 on Sunday.

Kompany, whose team are aiming for back-to-back titles, said he felt the Reds would be flawless for the rest of the league season.

"We couldn't have asked for more at this stage of the season but we are all convinced that Liverpool will win every single remaining game until the end of the season," he told reporters.

"We know how big the task ahead of us is with big games still coming up and difficult games against any team. We're all relaxed and calm, we're not getting carried away."

Raheem Sterling led City to their latest win, scoring a hat-trick in a 3-1 victory over Watford on Saturday.

Kompany believes the 24-year-old, who has 15 goals and nine assists in 27 league games this season, is one of the world's best attackers.

"He has an amazing drive to develop. It's incredible because his first year at City was tough and then from the moment Pep came in he just kicked on and went from strength to strength," he said.

"For me, he is one of the best wingers in the world. He's so, so important for us. To have the ability to unlock defences when they defend with so many bodies is the sign of a top, top, top player."

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany does not believe his team must beat Liverpool to the Premier League title to be considered great.

City edged ahead of their title rivals at the weekend – Saturday's 1-0 win at Bournemouth leaving them with a one-point lead after Liverpool played out a goalless draw against Everton in Sunday's Merseyside derby.

Pep Guardiola's side are attempting to become the first team since Manchester United in 2008-09 to retain the Premier League title, a significant yardstick for many observers when it comes to ranking their achievements.

But Kompany feels last season's record-breaking haul of 100 points stands up on its own merits, with both City and Liverpool already unable to reach three figures this time around despite their largely relentless form.

"I think it's just two different things [retaining the league and being great]," he said. "It depends who you listen to.

"Reaching 100 points - good luck to anyone who wants to do it all over again. That stands in isolation as an incredible achievement.

"You can't know until we've passed the time and we've played. We're playing as well as we can, nothing is going to take away from that.

"If Liverpool end up being even better than us then that's credit to Liverpool. It can't be something that we've done wrong in this case, not with the amount of points we've got at this point, the way we've played so far and with the way we've approached every game.

"I think we're doing as good as a team can do but sometimes, if you want to talk about having back-to-back seasons, I'm sure that not a lot of teams had to face the sort of opposition we have now with Liverpool.

"Liverpool are having the best season I've ever known them to have since I've been following the Premier League. So it's a strong team and we just need to raise our level every time."

The relentless pace set by Jurgen Klopp's men has dipped significantly of late, however, with the Everton stalemate their fourth draw in six Premier League outings.

By contrast, City have won five in a row since slipping to a 2-1 defeat at Newcastle United – form that also contrasts with Tottenham's one point from a possible nine over the past week that has effectively trimmed a three-horse race to two.

After overcoming Chelsea on penalties to lift the EFL Cup for a second successive season, Kompany and his team-mates saw off West Ham 1-0 in midweek before facing Bournemouth

They will turn their attentions to FA Cup and Champions League ties against Swansea City and Schalke on the back of next Saturday's league match against Watford.

"The past week doesn't say anything about this squad that we didn't know," Kompany said.

"It's a squad of tremendous achievements already, so it's more about confirming you can reach those standards time and time again, that's the hardest part really.

"But to get through this week with three clean sheets and three unbelievable results, it's as good as we could have hoped for."

Kompany is in his testimonial season at City and his contract expires at the end of the campaign, although he insists there are more pressing matters at hand than securing a new deal.

"There's four competitions and I couldn't care less about anything other than winning games at the moment," the centre-back, who turns 33 next month, added. "It has to be about that.

"When you've been 11 years at the club, you're pretty relaxed about the situation."

Pep Guardiola is eager to keep Ilkay Gundogan at Manchester City but admits the midfielder is not 100 per cent committed to signing a new contract.

Gundogan, who arrived from Borussia Dortmund in 2016 and was Guardiola's first signing at the club, has previously spoken about the possibility of running down a deal that expires in July 2020.

Despite not being a regular first choice at the Etihad Stadium, Gundogan – who has spent long spells in the treatment room since joining the Premier League club – is still highly valued by Guardiola, who wants to retain the Germany international's services, with negotiations ongoing.

"In the first season he couldn't play because of a tough injury, six or seven months out, but always when he was able to play a lot of games he is an incredibly important player," said the City boss ahead of Saturday's visit to Bournemouth.

"He knows what we want, he knows what we think about him, but it's the same as other cases like we said in the past, at the end the last decision is not in our hands.

"We try to speak with him, we want him to extend the contract right now. Yesterday would have been better than today, and today better than tomorrow. But if he doesn't want to, we cannot do anything else.

"If he was 100 per cent then the deal would have been done. We are still in negotiations."

Vincent Kompany's City future is also yet to be decided and is another who has often been laid low by injuries.

But Guardiola insists the Belgian's fitness over the remainder of this season will not be a factor in determining his fate.

"No, I don't think so," he said. "I think that will not be the reason why for Vincent staying one more year or two more years or not. I think that is not the reason why."

Manchester City have signed a long-term kit deal with Puma.

The much-rumoured collaboration between the reigning Premier League champions and the German sportswear giant is reported to be worth £650million over the course of 10 years.

The annual figure represents a huge increase on the £20m per season Nike currently pay City and makes it the second-biggest in Premier League history behind Manchester United's annual £75m partnership with Adidas.

Arsenal and Chelsea boast £60m per season deals with Puma and Nike respectively and the club-specific nature of those partnerships set them apart from a Puma agreement that covers City's ownership group -  City Football Group - and its clubs in Australia, Spain, Uruguay and China.

City's sister clubs Melbourne City FC, Girona, Club Atletico Torque and Sichuan Jiuniu will all wear Puma kits.

Major League Soccer's league-wide deal with Adidas means New York City are not included, nor are J-League side Yokohama F. Marinos, where City football group is a minority shareholder.

"This announcement marks the start of an exciting new chapter for City Football Group," Ferran Soriano, City Football Group chief executive, said.

"Our relationship with Puma, covering five City Football Group clubs across four continents, will reset the model for sports partnerships on a truly global scale whilst being locally relevant and authentic for fans around the world.

"Puma share our vision for challenging expectations, and we are looking forward to what we believe will be a ground-breaking partnership."

Long-serving City stars Vincent Kompany, David Silva and Sergio Aguero already have boot deals with Puma and have been involved in the online roll-out of the partnership.

The deal begins in City's 125th anniversary season and Puma will produce a commemorative kit to be worn in one match of the 2019-20 campaign.

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany insists he remains "relaxed" despite some uncertainty over his future.

Kompany, 32, is out of contract at the end of the season and is dealing with yet another injury setback at City.

The centre-back has been at City since 2008 and said he had no concerns over his contract as Pep Guardiola's men remain in contention for four more trophies this season.

"I am in a privileged position, I have such a good relationship with the club. We're in this as partners," Kompany said, via Sky Sports.

"Nobody is making any hasty decisions. We have fixtures and fixtures and fixtures coming up – four trophies still to play for – and a contract that still exists.

"That is the key thing. There is no need to look too far beyond. Everybody is relaxed."

City can return to the top of the Premier League with a win over Everton on Wednesday.

Pep Guardiola acknowledges Vincent Kompany may have a difficult decision to make regarding his Manchester City future as he continues to struggle with injuries.

Kompany's contract at the Etihad Stadium is up at the end of the season and, although the club have begun talks on a new deal, Guardiola warned earlier this month that the City captain's fitness would play a role in negotiations.

The Belgium international, who moved to Manchester in 2008, has been dogged by calf problems and will again sit out as City travel to Newcastle United on Tuesday.

And while Guardiola insists any decision on Kompany's future will be up to the player and senior officials at the club, he knows both parties must tread carefully as they make the next move, recognising the need for the player to depart in the right way.

"I think [the future] is an issue to speak with Vincent about," Guardiola told reporters. "We have no doubts about his quality, we miss him when he can't play.

"He's important as our captain and he gives us extra that few central defenders can, but the reality is in the last five years he's played few games. We'll discuss that with his agent and decide.

"I'd like to say that, with the club, the sentimental issue is important. The new people have to feel for the players who've been here a long time. We cannot forget what they've done.

"I don't like clubs to say 'it's done and now go', but there comes a moment when it's over for everyone. It's not my decision, always it has to be together with the club.

"We have spoken many times about the reality but it's his decision with the club. I'm not involved in negotiations, I give my opinion."

Guardiola lauded Kompany's personality as he commented on the defender's future and agreed that the 32-year-old could make a fine manager when he calls time on his playing career.

"He can be [a manager], of course," Guardiola said. "I don't know what he'll do - I've not spoken to him and their future belongs to them - but if he wants to be then of course he can."

Manchester City are in discussions over offering captain Vincent Kompany a contract extension, manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed.

Jurgen Klopp was left bemused as to how Vincent Kompany escaped a red card for a first-half lunge on Mohamed Salah in Manchester City's 2-1 win over Premier League leaders Liverpool on Thursday.

City claimed a potentially vital win in the title race, as they moved back to within four points of the Reds at the top of the table.

Defeat would have left Pep Guardiola's men 10 points adrift of Klopp's side, and the Reds would surely have fancied their chances of emerging victorious had Kompany been dismissed in the first period.

The Belgian defender threw himself into a tackle on Salah to stop the Egyptian charging through on goal, with Kompany leaving the ground and never appearing to be in complete control.

He was shown a yellow card for the incident, but Klopp was left confused as to how Kompany was not given his marching orders.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Klopp said: "I really like Vincent Kompany, but how on Earth is that not a red card?

"He is the last man and he goes in. If he hits Mo [Salah] more, he is out for the season. It is not easy for the ref and he may not see it how I see it."

Kompany was convinced it was a good tackle, however, and never thought about letting Salah escape.

He added: "I thought it was a great challenge, was it not? I got the ball, a little bit of the man, but it wasn't naughty.

"I didn't try to injure him. It was that or let him go through on goal, and in my mind there was only one outcome."

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany saluted his team-mates for a "tremendous" performance as Pep Guardiola's side emerged victorious from Thursday's top-of-the-table clash with Liverpool.

City ran out 2-1 winners at the Etihad Stadium to move four points behind pacesetters Liverpool after a thrilling contest.

Leroy Sane got the winner 18 minutes from time after Roberto Firmino had cancelled out Sergio Aguero's empathic opener.

It was Liverpool's first Premier League defeat in their 21st game of the season and prevented champions City falling 10 points behind the leaders.

And Kompany was astonished by City's gutsy display, as they breathed life back into the title race.

"I'm not even worried about the result," Kompany told Sky Sports. "I'm absolutely buzzing with the tremendous performance.

"We went toe-to-toe with a very aggressive team and we matched them, maybe more than matched them.

"It's still in Liverpool's hands, but the performance was beyond anything I've ever witnessed.

"It came from our guts, a desire you can't describe. We are a better team when we play with emotions."

Vincent Kompany does not think Manchester City's showdown with Liverpool on Thursday will necessarily decide the destiny of the Premier League title. 

City returned to winning ways with a 3-1 triumph at Southampton on Sunday but head into the encounter seven points shy of Jurgen Klopp's league leaders having suffered defeats to Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Leicester City during December. 

Kompany was restored to the heart of Pep Guardiola's defence at St Mary's and City's long-serving club captain believes Liverpool are not immune to a slump similar to the one his team-mates recently suffered. 

"I've been long enough in the game to know how important this game is but, at the same time, to know that this is not the all-defining game – as much as people want to put it this way – because so many things can happen," the 32-year-old told Sky Sports 

"Who would have thought that we would have three difficult games in December? Nobody would have, a month back. 

"So there's nothing to say that with circumstances, injuries and everything that it can't happen to any team in this league. 

"Therefore, this game – as much as we want to, need to win it – it's not the all-defining game. 

"But if we play how we can, then I will feel very confident – despite the result, whatever it is – to go into every other competition and try and win it." 

City beat Liverpool 5-0 in the corresponding fixture last season but then suffered three consecutive defeats to Klopp's men, starting with the return game in the Premier League at Anfield before losing both legs of a Champions League quarter-final.

The game between the sides on Merseyside earlier this term ended 0-0 in October after City winger Riyad Mahrez skied a late penalty.

Vincent Kompany admitted Manchester City had their pride hit by recent defeats to Crystal Palace and Leicester City but promised "to pull everything out of the locker" against Liverpool.  

A 3-2 reverse at home against Palace was followed by a 2-1 defeat at the King Power Stadium, though the reigning Premier League champions returned to winning ways with a 3-1 result at Southampton on Sunday.  

The three points picked up on the road lift Pep Guardiola's men back up to second place in the Premier League table prior to their pivotal clash with leaders Liverpool on Thursday.  

Goals from David Silva and Sergio Aguero, either side of a James Ward-Prowse own goal, made sure City took full advantage of Tottenham's defeat to Wolves a day earlier, with Kompany delighted with the performance following recent setbacks in their title defence.  

"It was more than just the result - it was about the way we played," the defender told Sky Sports.  

"We're not focusing on anything much other than our performance. We have to be hungry and aggressive.  

"We've been hit in our pride recently and that's how a team has to react."

City and Liverpool fought out a goalless draw at Anfield in October but Kompany insisted his team would hold nothing back against Jurgen Klopp's Reds, who thrashed Arsenal 5-1 on Saturday.

"We want to kick on," said the Belgium international.

"We've got four competitions to play for in an incredible season. Today was a step in the right direction.

"We go into the next game in the same frame of mind, as always. We just want to win.

"We need to be ready for a fight and ready to take it to them [Liverpool] and try to win. We should be able to pull everything out of the locker for that game."

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