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David Silva will be back with the fans to get proper ovations – Guardiola

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Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola has paid glowing tribute to the outgoing midfielder, David Silva after the Spaniard made his final bow in the Premier League.

The game against Norwich City at the Etihad on Sunday was Silva’s 309th and final Premier League appearance for the Club. He was later substituted in the game and was afforded a heartfelt standing ovation by all of his teammates and staff.

Silva has been part of Manchester City’s success since the take over of the club by the Arab millionaires. Although he is still a key figure in the team, his experience will be handy as well when City resumes their Champions League campaign next month against Real Madrid. The Citizens already has a 2-1 lead in the first leag at Bernabeau.

Pep Guardiola
Guardiola during post match interview

Speaking on the ovation given the former Valencia midfielder, Guardiola said he will be back to get a full one once the fans return to the stands.

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β€œIt was the smallest standing ovation of all time but he will come back to receive it with the fans.

β€œThey want to do it. What the players have done on the pitch is to show gratitude and honour he had to have for incredible ten years at this club.

β€œThe team want to thank him for what he has done for the club in ten years. Now we have two weeks to prepare for Real Madrid. We want to arrive in the best conditions and we are going to do it,” Guardiola added.

David Silva proud of City career

Speaking after his final Premier League game, David Silva said he is proud of his Manchester City career.

The Spaniard still showed his creative ingenuity for Pep Guardiola’s side during the 5-0 victory over Norwich City at the Etihad.

Silva applauds as he gets an ovation
Silva applauds as he gets an ovation

Although he would have loved to end his last bow with a goal, the skipper, who was close to finding the net on a couple of occasions, was denied by some expert defending and goalkeeping by the visitors.

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Silva, in his ten-year stay at the club, won the Premier League four times.

“Of course I am very proud,. To win so many titles and the way we won it. I am a lucky guy.

“I have had a lot of nice moments, and this one as well, the last one. I will miss everything – even the weather as well! I’m going to miss working every day with these amazing people.

“They have made my life much easier. It was emotional and I love all of them.”

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