Manchester City are ready to hand bumper new contracts to key duo Vincent Kompany and Nigel de Jong.City officials have already begun negotiations with Kompany over an improved five-year deal and will then turn their attention to de Jong.
It is understood the pair, who are regarded by manager Roberto Mancini as two of the most important members of his side, will rocket up the City pay league.
Kompany, 25, who has three years to run on his current deal, will more than double his wages to around 120,000 pounds a week, while De Jong, 26, can expect a similar agreement when he sits down to discuss terms with the club.
“Kompany’s new contract should be sorted out soon and de Jong is also due for a renewal and will be offered a new deal, although he is considered less of a priority,” a City source told Goal.com.
It is expected that Kompany will be named as new club captain in place of wantaway leader Carlos Tevez on the club’s current US tour to seal his position as one of the most influential players at Eastlands.
The Belgium centre-back, who was named in the PFA Premier League team of the year, was outstanding for City last season as they won the FA Cup and claimed a place in the Champions League for the first time.
De Jong, who has two years to go on the contract he signed in January 2009 when he joined the club, was barely less influential in the midfield anchorman role.
However, the pair’s pay will still be dwarfed by that of City’s top earners Tevez and Yaya Toure, who are both on more than 200,000 pounds a week including bonuses.