The Spaniard had played his last match of the Premier League.
Manchester City midfielder David Silva has paid an emotional tribute to fans following his last appearance in the Premier League. The ex-Valencia star’s contract is due to expire this summer, and he had announced earlier that he would be no more part of the Sky Blues. Silva featured in City’s final Premier League appearance against Norwich City on Sunday, where City emerged as the winners. Following the win, Spaniard offered his thoughts on his journey with the Cityzens.
Silva said, (h/t Goal.com)
“It was emotional because they are amazing people.I have been working for them for 10 years and I have a good relationship with them. I love them and I am going to miss all of them.
“Of course [I am proud of my Manchester City career]. 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.”
The 34-year-old has spent a decade playing at the Ethiad, making more than 300 appearances in an illustrious career for the Cityzens. He also etched his name as one of the best midfielders of his generation while winning countless trophies with Man City. Not to mention his international career, where had played more than 100 matches for the Spain national and also enjoyed much success – winning a World Cup and two Euro trophies.
Man City manager Pep Guardiola also reflected on Silva’s career, promising that his compatriot would receive a huge ovation when the football returns to the fold – with the audience.
“It was the smallest standing ovation of all time,” said Guardiola. “He will come back for the one he deserves.
“The players showed the gratitude that has to happen for these incredible years. We just wanted to thank him.”
Silva’s job has not been done yet as he will turn his attention toward City’s Champions League campaign. Man City will host Real Madrid in the second leg of the round of 16 fixture, having won the first one at Bernabeu. The last time when City played against Los Blancos was before the Pandemic break, winning the first leg 2-1. Guardiola’s men look to capitalize on the away goal advantage though the game will be played with no audience.
Silva will look to finish off the campaign on a high note, having not won any domestic trophies. The Spaniard is going to be a vital cog in Guardiola’s midfield alongside Kevin de Bruyne and Rodri.