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‘Goodbye to a legend’ Is David Silva Man City’s greatest player in the modern era?

After 10 years at the club, David Silva could be considered one of the greatest ever servants of Manchester City.

Manchester City’s Spanish genius David Silva will have completed 10 years at the club when he leaves at the end of the 19/20 season.

David Silva joined Manchester City in the summer of 2010 from Valencia, for a fee of around £25million. Since he has won the Premier League title four times with the blues.

As it stands, David Silva has 396 appearances for the club where he has accumulated 71 goals and 129 assists across all competitions.

In the Premier League alone, David Silva has won 69% of games in which he has appeared in during his time at Manchester City.

City fans will agree that David Silva has been instrumental to their midfield over the years, and has survived the club’s constant rotation as they have built a league-winning side over the years since David Silva’s arrival. Silva averages 61.41 passes per game, only two less than Paul Pogba averages; a player worth over £150million.

David Silva currently holds the record for the most international appearances whilst playing at the club, which stands at 87 international caps. He has represented both club and country at the highest of levels.

When asked about remaining at The Etihad after a decade of service, Silva said “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.”

With Silva hitting the target on 33% of occasions and successfully making a tackle on 72% of occasions. He is the model midfielder who can provide in all areas of the pitch, replacing the Spaniard may be difficult, but the young Englishman Phil Foden may be ready to step up after his senior leaves at the end of next season.

Is David Silva the best player in City’s recent history? Possibly.

Will David Silva go down in history for the blues and be celebrated for years to come? Definitely.

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