David Silva has confirmed that the next season will be his final season after a hugely successful 10-year career at Manchester City.
David Silva joined Manchester City from Valencia in 2010 for £25million and went on to establish himself as one of the best midfielders of the game. The 33-year old is considered to be one of the greatest players in Manchester City’s history. He has helped them to win four Premier League titles as well as a brace of FA Cups and four EFL Cups.
Silva has confirmed that the 2019-20 season will be his last at Manchester City and he will not sign for another Premier League club once his City contract expires.
David Silva told reporters: “This is the last one. Ten years for me is enough. It’s the perfect time. Initially the club were talking about two years [contract] 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!”
Manchester City completed a domestic clean sweep last season. They have successfully defended their Premier League title. But the Champions League title still eludes them. But Silva is not disappointed to have missed out on the Champions League. He said: “We haven’t been able to achieve that goal yet of winning the Champions League but if every year is like last season I would sign for it right now.”
Silva further added: “When I was a kid, I never thought I would achieve everything I have done, so I’m more than happy with what I have achieved in my 10 years at City. The respect people have shown me and the way people in Manchester have treated me has been unbelievable. That’s what I really like, the recognition they have given me.
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.”
David Silva has backed his teammate Phil Foden to replace him when he leaves Manchester City at the end of next season. He said about Foden: “He reminds me of myself when I was young.” Foden has made 38 appearances for City in the last two seasons and his performances have seen him earmarked as a star of the future.
Silva praised youngster Foden: “I’m sure he’s going to be a fantastic player. He’s a very nice man and he will be a good replacement for me. Apart from his natural skills, he’s a very competitive person. He always wants to win and that makes a very good footballer. When you’re young, you always ask people with experience. I’ve given him lots of advice, like how to move on the pitch. 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. The best advice I can give him is always stay calm. Whatever happens in football, the highs and lows, always keep calm.”
Silva also revealed his plan of ending his career at his hometown club Las Palmas but for that move to happen, they will have to seal promotion to LaLiga. He said: “I would love to finish my career in Las Palmas but football changes. Who knows? It depends on the team and the players. I cannot come here [to Las Palmas] to play in the second division with this team.
But sometimes you need to give something, so I don’t know. I can never see myself playing against City for another team.
Not China. I don’t know. My girlfriend decides for me!”
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