Manchester City legend, David Silva, has spoken about his decision to snub Real Madrid in 2010 to join the Sky Blues where he later became fans’ favourite even in retirement.
The City and Spain legend announced his retirement from professional football in July after sustaining a devastating anterior cruciate knee ligament injury during pre-season with Real Sociedad, his new club after spending a glorious ten years at Manchester.
The 37-year-old had 436 appearances across all competitions for the Sky Blues; scoring 77 goals, providing 141 assists, and winning 13 trophies. He was one of the pioneers of City’s recent success. He was incredible in 2012 when City won their first-ever Premier League title under their new Saudi Arabia ownership.
As a result of his immeasurable contribution to the club’s success, his statue was mounted outside the Etihad Stadium, alongside Vincent Kompany and Sergio Aguero who had similar records with him.
The Manchester City legend who made his first appearance for the club against Tottenham in 2010 said he was convinced about the City’s project. He said he was told that the club would become what he is today.
“Firstly because they bet very hard on me. I felt their trust and support from the first call,” revealed Silva.
“Then because in those conversations they already told me that the project was going to be what it finally was. The ambition was to become one of the greats of Europe and today it is.
Speaking about life in Manchester, the Manchester City legend said: “[I enjoyed Manchester City] with great enthusiasm and commitment, because I feel a participant in that growth, as do all the footballers with whom I have shared a dressing room there over the years.
“I would tell you that the expectations were even higher than those I had when I arrived in Manchester.”