David Silva explains reasons for leaving Man City next summer
Manchester City are taking a full allocation to Norwich and there will be a rush for tickets for the reverse fixture.
Sunday May 17, the last day of the season when the Canaries head to the Etihad, may or may not be crucial to deciding the outcome of the Premier League title but will surely be the last time supporters get to see David Silva in a competitive game for the Blues. The Spaniard will leave next summer after a decade at the club where he has become one of the all-time greats.
Despite Pep Guardiola suggesting more than a year ago that Silva’s minutes would have to be managed, the 33-year-old has shown little sign of his magic wearing off and only Kevin De Bruyne (five) has more than his four assists from the start of this Premier League campaign.
While his performances remain this good, can’t he carry on? Possibly, but he would rather not.
“Obviously, it’s difficult [to leave after so many years]. It’s been a long time, but all good things come to an end,” he said.
“I want it to be this way, at a great level. The club has changed a lot. Every year, the team and the club have improved. That’s why lasting here for a long time and playing regularly is really difficult.
“For that reason, I’m very pleased for what I have achieved during my time here.”
As difficult as it may be for City fans to think about, what next for Silva? The Spaniard has previously said he would like to return to Las Palmas one day before he retires, although there were reports in summer that a Japanese club were looking to sign him.
For now, the veteran playmaker says he has not made up his mind on the next move. “Life goes on, we’ll see,” he said.
“I don’t know what I will do yet. I’ll take some time to relax and then I’ll think about it.”