David Silva has announced he will leave Manchester City next summer after completing a decade with the club.
The Spanish playmaker insists that 10 years as a Citizen will be the “perfect cycle” and says he would never want to play against City in the future.
The 33-year-old has amassed 395 appearances since moving to the Etihad Stadium in 2010 from Valencia. Silva’s arrival has coincided with the most decorated spell in the club’s history. He has won four Premier League titles, two FA Cups and four League Cups during his time in England.
Silva, who has also lifted two European Championships and the World Cup with the Spanish national team, has scored 70 goals in City colours, including the opener in May’s 6-0 FA Cup final destruction of Watford as they completed a domestic treble for the time in their history.
Despite his advancing years, the diminutive forward featured in 33 league games last season as Pep Guardiola’s side retained their crown in a thrilling title duel with Liverpool.
“No, this is the last one,” he replied when asked if he could stay beyond next season. “Ten years for me is enough. It’s the perfect time for me. “Initially, City were talking about two years, but I decided to sign another one, so I finished at 10 years.
“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.” Man City are 1.60 to retain their Premier League title next term.