Vincent Kompany has vowed to save his career after being ruled out this summer’s European Championships.
His future looks in doubt ahead of Pep Guardiola’s arrival this summer, with the incoming manager identifying centre backs Aymeric Laporte and John Stones as transfer targets.
Kompany pulled up after 10 minutes at the Bernabeu on Wednesday due to a groin problem.
He has sought treatment from Dr Eduardo Mauri Montero in Barcelona in a bid to cure his last fitness issue – and confirmed it would rule him out of the Euros in France.
“To me that’s very sad news,” said the City and Belgium captain. “So I could be standing here, feeling sorry for myself.
“I could fear for my career, as others may do. I could give up.
“That is not me.
“I decide on my future.”
Kompany has suffered five separate injuries this season – 33 in his time at City.
He has started only 20 games this term since suffering an initial calf injury in September.
In the statement, issued on his official Facebook page, he made it clear that he plans to fight on.
“I am a hard worker and a fighter and if you are too, then you know that, to people like us, success can come in many forms,” he said. “We trust ourselves when the going gets tough
“I have the greatest respect for those who overcome their personal challenges in life with a positive attitude.
“I want to live up to that.”
Guardiola is set to overhaul the defence he inherits from Manuel Pellegrini.
City are ready to cut their losses on £42m Eliaquim Mangala, while Martin Demichelis is out of contract and set to leave on a free transfer.
Aleks Kolarov is unlikely to fit into Guardiola’s plans and Pablo Zabaleta could also leave after slipping down the pecking order at the Etihad.
City are believed to be willing to meet Laporte’s £39m buyout clause – but much will depend on how he recovers from a broken leg and dislocated ankle.
Stones is another target, with Manchester United, Chelsea and Barcelona also interested in the England international.