David Silva, who will leave Manchester City at the end of the season proved that class is permanent as the midfielder displayed a masterclass in City’s 5-0 win over Newcastle on Wednesday evening at the Etihad Stadium.
At the age of 34 and approaching the tail end of his career, Silva scored a brilliant free-kick and set up goals for Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling with Man City head coach Pep Guardiola praising the Spaniard as the ‘incredible’.
“It is not the game today, which was incredible, but what he has done over 10 years,” said Guardiola.
With all the games currently being played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic, Guardiola wants Silva to return for a farewell game to allow City fans to give him a proper send-off.
“In the small spaces, he is maybe the best I have seen. Moving between the lines I have never seen someone like him. He came back from lockdown in incredible rhythm. If he decided to play, he could play anywhere. There’s no doubt about that.”
On Silva deserving a statue, Guardiola said: “I don’t know. This club had many incredible top players. Zabaleta, Hart, Kompany, Silva, Aguero, these types of guys. This group of players helped this club be where it is. After this kind of thing we name a street, a pitch. It’s not my business.”
Silva will leave Manchester at the end of the campaign as a club and Premier League (PL) Legend. In his 10 years at the club, the Spain playmaker has played 430 games, provided 139 assists, and netted 76 goals.
I’m gonna miss this team 💙 pic.twitter.com/yPVpHS2Viv
— David Silva (@21LVA) July 8, 2020
The 34-year has gone on to win four PL titles, two FA Cups and five League Cups and could yet end his career at Man City with more silverware.
“The level he is having I think is the best of this season. He’s playing really, really good. He’s an incredible legend. He’s a huge competitor,” concluded Guardiola.
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