BREAKING NEWS: David Silva to leave Man City at the end of next season
by Chirag R Bhattad
Manchester: David Silva has confirmed that the 2019/20 season in the Premier League will be his last season at Manchester City. Silva will most likely be looking for a move back to Spain as he wants to spend time close to his new-born son and family.
David Silva took long personal time-off two seasons ago, owing to the premature birth of his new-born son. While his son is now out of danger, ten years away from his home country would have taken its toll on the players family and relationships. He has thus decided to call it quits at Man City and take his career back to Spain.
David Silva was part of a project which saw the Abu Dhabi based investors bring Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero and David Silva to the club to bolster the squad and make it a title challenger year in, year out. SIlva’s reign at Man City saw him win four League titles, four League Cups and two FA Cup titles.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, here is what Silva had to say about his decision to quit City:
“This is the last one. Ten years for me is enough. It’s the perfect time. Initially the club were talking about two years, but I decided to sign another one so I finished at 10 years. It completes the cycle. It’s a nice round figure. I can never see myself playing against City for another team. So 10 years — that’s it!
“I’ve got a family now and it’s about priorities. I want to spend more time with the family. I’ve got another year at Manchester City so we will see what happens after that.”
When asked about the lure of China and big contracts will make him move to Asia:
“Not China. I don’t know. My girlfriend decides for me!
I would love to finish my career here in Las Palmas but football changes. Who knows? It depends on the team and the players. I cannot come here to play in the Second Division with this team.”
When asked about whether the team will miss his creativity and positional sense once he moves on, Silva had one name in mind to replace him:
“I’m sure that Phil Foden is going to be a fantastic player and a very good successor to me in the team. I’ve given him lots of advice. He’s taken the information in and he’s getting better day by day. He reminds me of myself when I was young, especially how he is as a person. He’s very quiet but always there competing. He hates losing and that makes a good footballer.”
Silva has been a tireless servant for Man City, playing 396 times and scoring 71 goals and providing 129 assists. Apart from his success at Man City, Silva has won the FIFA World Cup and the UEFA Euros twice with Spain, been a part of the PFA Team of the Year twice and won the Man City Player of the Year once.
We wish David Silva all the best for his future and hope to see him playing at the top level for a top club in Spain.