David Silva’s ten-year spell at Manchester City is nearing its end. The 34-year-old Spaniard has agreed terms with Serie A side Lazio, joining ‘The White and Sky Blues’ on a three-year deal. Nicknamed ‘El Mago’, Silva made 39 appearances for City last season, scoring six goals and assisting 11 times in all competitions.
The Spanish playmaker announced before the start of the 2019/20 season that this was going to be his last at the Etihad. It seems that, after all, Silva made a sensible decision being notably less influential on the pitch for the past two years.
The Spaniard found it hard to sustain the increasing physical demands imposed by his manager Pep Guardiola. It saw him starting the majority of the games on the bench with the likes of young prospect Phil Foden taking up Silva’s role. City’s 5-0 trashing against Norwich on the final day of the season was Silva’s last ever Premier League game in a sky-blue shirt.
Over his ten-year spell, Silva became not just one of Manchester City’s legends but also one of Premier League’s all-time greats. He scored 77 goals and assisted 140 times in all competitions, becoming only the seventh player to provide more than 90 assists in Premier League history.
Silva joins Lazio as a free transfer. Despite his age, Silva is a coupe for the Italian side. The Serie A is a less physically demanding league compared to the Premier League. This should suit the Spaniard’s playing style perfectly.
Lazio have finished fourth in the recently ended Serie A campaign and managed to qualify for next season’s Champions League. Silva has played over 50 matches in the Champions League for City and will definitely bring much-needed experience for the Italian side.
“They have shown me and my family respect wherever we go and then on the pitch too. I am very grateful for all of this. I just want to say thank you to all the supporters, to the club, to the workers here at the club because they have made my life much easier and I am grateful for that. I will be Blue – Blue forever.”David Silva reflects on his time at Manchester City
But before Silva can step on to the famous pitch of Stadio Olimpico, he still has one job left. The Champions League trophy is the only major honour missing from his illustrious club and country career. City will face Lyon in Champions League quarter-final on Saturday night. Silva will be hoping to extend his journey for two more games to finally put his hands on Europe’s most prestigious football trophy.