David Silva has confirmed that he will be leaving Manchester City at the end of the 2019/20 season. The Spaniard is set to continue playing but believes that 10 years at Etihad is a long time and he needs to play elsewhere.
When asked if he would stay beyond next season, Silva said: “No, this is the last one. Ten years for me is enough. It’s the perfect time for me. Initially, City were talking about two years, but I decided to sign [for] another one, so I finished at 10 years”
Talking about an ideal replacement for him at City, the former Valencia midfielder named Phil Foden as the best player to take his place. He said: “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 [to] stay calm. Whatever happens in football, the highs and lows, always keep calm,” added Silva.
Pep Guardiola and Manchester City fans have also spoken highly of the young English midfielder and it would be interesting to see how smoothly he takes his place in the starting XI.