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Vincent Kompany confirmed as Bayern Munich manager as Hansi Flick replaces Xavi as Barcelona boss

The 38-year-old Belgian has agreed a contract until 2027 to replace Thomas Tuchel at the Allianz Arena.

“Vincent Kompany is the new head coach of FC Bayern, putting pen to paper on a deal until 2027,” read a post on Bayern’s X account.

Burnley, who were relegated from the Premier League last season, have already begun the search for Kompany’s successor.

“We can confirm that Burnley Football Club has come to an agreement that will allow Vincent Kompany to leave Turf Moor,” read a club statement.

“Whilst we were initially confident in retaining our manager, the changing dynamics of the situation made this impossible.

“We understand the allure and prestige of a club like Bayern Munich and respect Vincent’s ambition to explore new opportunities.”

Bayern reportedly agreed a compensation fee of £10.2million with the Clarets for Kompany.

The German giants had endured frustration in their bid to find a replacement for Tuchel after it was announced in February that he would depart this summer.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge of FC Bayern,” said Kompany. “It’s a great honour to be able to work for this club – FC Bayern is an institution in international football.

“As a coach, you have to stand for what you are as a character: I love having the ball, being creative – but we also have to be aggressive and courageous on the pitch.

“I’m now looking forward to the basics: working with the players, building a team. Once the basis is right, success will follow.”

Former Manchester City defender Kompany arrived at Turf Moor in 2022 after beginning his managerial career in his homeland with Anderlecht.

He guided Burnley to promotion as Sky Bet Championship winners in 2023 but was unable to keep the club in the top flight last term.

Meanwhile, Barcelona have appointed former Germany and Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick as the club’s new head coach.

The 59-year-old German has agreed a two-year deal with the Catalan club.

Flick succeeds Xavi, who was last week sacked after previously performing a U-turn on his decision to leave the role.

“FC Barcelona and Hansi Flick have reached an agreement for the German to become men’s first-team football coach until 30 June 2026,” a club statement read.

Flick was dismissed by Germany in September following a 4-1 friendly defeat to Japan on the back of a group-stage exit at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

He served as assistant coach to Joachim Low when his country won the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, before clinching back-to-back Bundesliga titles and the 2020 Champions League during a two-season stay with Bayern.

Speaking in a video posted by Barca on X, Flick said: “First of all I would like to say thank you to everyone (involved). It’s a big honour and also a dream for me to sign my contract here in Barcelona, to work for this amazing club, and I’m happy to start.

“The club is unbelievable. The hours I’m here in Barcelona, it’s amazing because everyone here in the club loves this club and tries to give their best so they have success.

“The philosophy they have is similar to mine – ball possession and really attacking football, these are the things I love.

“I won some titles with Bayern Munich and my hunger is really big for titles. I would like to stay on this path with Barcelona and I think we can achieve a lot together.”

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