Manchester City captain David Silva is set to join the new MLS club Inter Miami CF when he leaves Etihad stadium in 2020.
Silva is set to be the face of the brand new MLS franchise part-owned by former England captain David Beckham. The four-time Premier League winner’s current contract expires next year June and the playmaker has told the club that he will not extend his deal.
The midfielder who joined City from Valencia for £25million in 2010 has already confirmed his intention to leave the Etihad at the end of this season. He also added that he doesn’t want to play against City in the future.
When he made his announcement last summer, Silva described 10 years as ‘the perfect time’.
He said: “10 years for me is enough. It’s the perfect time for me.
“Initially, City 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.”
The Spaniard signed a contract extension in 2017 and has played 400 games for the club making him a club legend and part of the City’s history. Despite rumours he could end his career at local club Las Palmas, Silva will reportedly ply his trade in the MLS next campaign.
The Independent reports that Inter Miami will begin their first MLS season in March 2020 and Silva is ‘attracted’ to the idea of being the club’s marquee signing in its debut year. But he would have to miss the start of the season playing for City.
It said that Silva would be able to link up with Miami in July, midway through the season. This was the case when Steve Gerrard joined LA Galaxy from Liverpool in 2015 and when Wayne Rooney signed for D.C. United from Everton in 2018.
According to reports in Miami, the club is keen on having a Spanish speaking player as the ‘face’ of the club as a way to engage the area’s large Hispanic community and Silva is the right man for that.
Silva is one of City’s most successful and greatest players with 10 pieces of major silverware, lifting four Prem titles, two FA Cups and four League Cups at the club.