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Vincent Kompany identifies what John Stones has to do to be a Man City great

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Kompany was not just one of the Premier League's greatest centre backs, but also a leader of immense stature.

When Vincent Kompany told Manchester City he was leaving the club this summer to return to Anderlecht, the question for Txiki Begiristain and Pep Guardiola was how exactly you replace a player of his gifts.

Now Guardiola has just two fit central defenders to call on until the New Year, in Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones, supplemented by the conversion of Fernandinho.

"Three world-class centre backs is awesome by any standard.

His departure ripped a hole in the treble-winning squad and after deciding they couldn't stump up £80million for Harry Maguire, City decided they wouldn't even bother trying to replace the Belgian.

There is an argument that Stones is suffering from the raised standards at City, that Kompany and Laporte have been so brilliant that the England defender has faced a battle to keep up, but that is not a theory that the Belgian subscribes to.

For the England centre back this is the moment to finally banish any doubts about his long-term credentials at City.
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