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David Silva
Gender Male
Ethnic Spanish
Job Spanish Football Coach
Desc A midfield maestro capable of playing the game at his pace, speeding up and slowing down while painting a picture amid the frantic action in Premier League games. Silva has never been flustered and can always be relied upon to stand up in the most opportune moments, a cornerstone of the Manchester City era and a candidate for their best ever player, despite the money lavished on numerous other players

Affiliation

Org Spain National Team
Club as Player Manchester City

2014 08 16 Retrieve

[Manchester City’s David Silva wishing the fellow Spaniard well on Twitter, while the midfielder remains mindful of City’s Premier League opening match against Newcastle United] Best of luck to @AyozePG ‪(Ayoze Perez) in his new adventure in the UK, but after Sunday!

2017 02 03 Retrieve

[David Silva reveals Barcelona and Real Madrid legend Laudrup was his hero growing up] Michael Laudrup. When I was a kid I just loved how he played the game. I was transfixed watching him play, and I liked his personality too and so for me, he was a real example. Also there’s Juan Carlos Valeron as well because he’s from my part of the world and a top quality player as well. He plays the game the way I like it, and has great quality on the ball.

[David Silva insists that he continues to work hard on his game at City under Pep Guardiola, a coach he considers to be one of the finest around] You learn an awful lot. After all the years I’ve been in the game and with all my experience, I’ve really learned a lot in these four or five months with him. Even when you think you can’t learn much more about the game, you can and do in fact learn more by looking at things in a different light. He truly is an exceptional coach

2018 11 10 Retrieve

[David Silva reveals the challenge he had in playing last season, while his baby son Mateo fought for his life after being born prematurely last December] You know, I don’t know [how I played on last season] and I ask myself that sometimes. Maybe it was a form of release when I was out on the field, where you would just put things to one side. You could forget what was happening and enjoy being on the pitch

2019 07 20 Retrieve

[Wolves vs Manchester City. David Silva is thought to be a frontrunner, while Kevin De Bruyne is also a contender, and the latter has admitted that it would be a great honour to wear the armband for the Citizens] If the team wants me to be captain I will gladly accept it. But, I think everyone needs to talk about it as a team and as a club. It will be spoken about when everyone comes back. I think we need to do that together because it’s really important job not only on the pitch but off it.

2019 09 26 Retrieve

[David Silva is in no rush to decide his long-term future with the midfielder focused on his final season at Manchester City] Ten years for me is enough, it’s the perfect time. Initially the club were talking about two years [contract extension] 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!

2020 01 27 Retrieve

[David Silva says Manchester City are in good hands with very talented Phil Foden] I think we played well and it is a good result. Hopefully, we can win more titles this year. We have players like Phil Foden who is very talented and I think we are in good hands

2019 06 25 Retrieve

[David Silva has confirmed that next season will be his last at Manchester City] This is the last one. Ten years for me is enough. It’s the perfect time. Initially the club 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!.

[Silva says that a shift in his personal priorities are leading him to make a move after next season] I’ve got a family now and it’s about priorities. I want to spend more time with the family. I’ve got another year at Manchester City so we will see what happens after that

[While his time at Man City in drawing to a close, Silva does not plan on stopping playing] Not China. I don’t know. My girlfriend decides for me! I would love to finish my career here in Las Palmas but football changes. Who knows? It depends on the team and the players. I cannot come here to play in the Second Division with this team

2019 06 26 Retrieve

[David Silva has backed Phil Foden to fill his boots when he leaves Manchester City at the end of next season] 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 stay calm. Whatever happens in football, the highs and lows, always keep calm.

[Silva’s announcement comes in the wake of Vincent Kompany’s decision to swap City for his boyhood club Anderlecht] It’s going to be very difficult to replace a player like Vinnie, on the pitch and off it. He was an excellent warrior for City. But with the new generation we will find another one, another Vinnie. You always need experienced footballers around to help you. But City’s future is in safe hands with Bernardo Silva, Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane and Phil Foden there

2019 06 26b Retrieve

[David Silva has confirmed that the 2019-20 campaign will be his last as a Manchester City player, setting up supporters for another fond yet painful farewell] For City, two more seasons - what’s left on my contract. After that, I don’t know. It depends how I feel physically and mentally.

I’ve always said that I’d like to play for Las Palmas - my local team. But we’ll see how things go.

[His City swansong has been set in stone for a while] This is the last one. Ten years for me is enough. It’s the perfect time for me. Initially, City were talking about two [more] 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

2020 02 25 Retrieve

[David Silva says he would love to see Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos join him at Manchester City] I have many colleagues and colleagues from the national team, who I enjoyed lots of things with. In this case it would be Sergio. I’ve known him a long time, he’s a leader and would be good for us

[City are searching for a maiden Champions League trophy] It’s very important. Not only this season, but all of the seasons before, I wanted to win it with my team-mates. We didn’t, so it will be important match. I believe the second leg at home is better for us because it’s with our people. We will need a good match and a good result

2020 04 18 Retrieve

[Man City legend David Silva hints at becoming another Guardiola protégé in coaching] Not at the beginning, but as the time goes by, I’m having more interest. Maybe when I retire from football, I feel that I would like to become a manager. Now, I don’t know - I still want to play for a few more years.

2020 04 23 Retrieve

[Have Manchester City seen the last of David Silva?] 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

2020 05 20 Retrieve

[David Silva has revealed his long-term future is on hold during the coronavirus pandemic, but he will not go back on his decision to leave Manchester City] Everything is on standby, there’s nothing for now. My family ask me all the time but my answer is that everything is stopped. I’m back in training again and looking at places where I feel I can be at 100 per cent. Some friends text me with stories saying I’m going to this place or this other place, but they actually know more than me. Honestly, now I’m waiting that we go through all this situation

When I say something, I go forward with it. That’s how I feel it. I’ve had 10 years in Manchester and I’ve accomplished what I wanted to. My era ends here, but I will always have this club in my heart for everything I’ve lived here. From the first moment I’ve been treated in an incredible way. Here in Manchester you are really respected, people show me a lot of adoration. But now my family and myself need another challenge. To play football, there is a perfect atmosphere. And to live as a footballer too, it’s a calm life over here. The only bad point is the weather but you can actually feel really good here. Those 10 years have even gone very fast now that I look back.

[The Champions League is the one major medal missing from his collection and he could yet have one more shot at it, if the competition is restarted] It’s going to be a bit weird. We’ll have to wait for what they tell us and try to get there in the best condition. I’d love to win it.

2020 04 20b Retrieve

[Man City legend David Silva includes Man Utd rivals in list of greatest team-mates and opponents] The Premier League is a top competition and during these 10 years I played alongside and against very good players. Naming one would be unfair. In my team, Kun [Aguero] has scored a lot of goals and very important ones, Yaya [Toure’]s role was fundamental when he was at his peak, Vinnie [Kompany] because the hierarchy he had on the team and on the defence, Joe Hart too. When I first arrived, Joe, Gareth Barry, James Milner. They were great players, but they also made things easier for me, they really helped me to settle

I can name a lot of rivals too. [Frank] Lampard, who was my team-mate too, his stats were amazing and he was a great man too. There are a lot of Spanish players too like Fernando Torres, Cesc [Fabregas], who has also done great things in the Premier League. Players that are part of the competition like Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, the Neville brothers. They were all fantastic players and very passionate for their club and the national team too

2020 06 17 Retrieve

[Before the start of the current campaign, Silva stated 2019-20 would be his final season in England] I will say one thing, I am moving forward. I am sorry, I have been here 10 years and I have fulfilled what I wanted. The cycle closes here, but I will always keep this club in mind for everything I have lived. From the first moment people have treated me incredibly. Here they have a great respect for you, people give admiration towards you. Now my family and I need another challenge