Manchester City midfielder, David Silva will be leaving the club in the summer after having a glittering career at the Etihad that spanned a decade.
David Silva is retiring
Silva was part of the big players brought in by the club after the millionaires took over the club. The noisy neighbors have recorded relative success winning eight out of the available ten trophies in the last four years.
But they couldn’t defend the Premier League this season as they lost it to last season’s runner-up, Liverpool with a big margin.
Silva, who is highly respected in the club will be making his final bow in the Premier League for the Sky Blues against already-relegated Norwich City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
In his ten years of stay with the club, Silva won 11 major honors. He is set to leave the Etihad at the end of this season when his contract expires.
David Silva speaks on his glittering career
Speaking on his glittering career that witnessed the winning of three Premier League trophies, Silva admitted that it has exceeded his “wildest dreams”.
“When you are young, you don’t dream about all of this. You dream about becoming a footballer, a professional footballer, you dream of playing in the top flight – but you never think about all the things that you could possibly achieve.”
The club’s recent successes have come under the inspirational management of Pep Guardiola. The Spaniard helped the club to become the first side to retain a Premier League trophy in the modern era with a 100 point win.
To Silva, the former Bayern Munich manager has done an incredible thing at the club.
“What Pep has done during his time here has been incredible. We have won a lot of trophies and, what’s more, we have dominated football here in England too.
“It hasn’t just happened by chance. Thanks to him and the important role he has played we have won these trophies.”
Meanwhile, Guardiola has said that the club will always be grateful for Silva’s ‘extraordinary’ contribution. He also said the 34-year-old former Spain international will go down as one of the most important players in the City’s history.
“Extraordinary,” he said when asked to summarise Silva’s illustrious career.
“The number of games, the huge quality in the games he played, the titles he helped win…he’s alongside five or six others who made this Club what it is now.
“And this club will always be grateful.”
On Man City’s defeat to Norwich, earlier this season, the Spanish tactician said it was one of the highlights of his side’s inconsistency. He, therefore, insisted that there’s still a lot to play for on the final day.
“It’s the last game at home. We want to win and we want to prepare the right way for Real Madrid. We need to see how the players are ready for Madrid.
“I know them quite well but this game against Norwich and the way they train this week, we are going to pay attention to how prepared they are for Madrid.
“Every day will be an exam for me to see who is ready to play the game.”