David Silva To Leave Man City End Of Next Season

Manchester City’s Spanish midfielder David Silva celebrates after he scores the team’s first goal during the English FA Cup final football match between Manchester City and Watford at Wembley Stadium in London, on May 18, 2019. Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP

 

Spanish midfielder David Silva has confirmed he will leave Manchester City at the end of next season when his contract expires.

Silva is one of City’s most decorated players of all-time having won four Premier League titles, two FA Cups and four League Cups since joining from Valencia in 2010.

He scored his 71st goal in 396 appearances so far for the English champions in the FA Cup final last month as City completed a first-ever domestic treble in English football.

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However, the 33-year-old believes completing a decade in Manchester is the perfect time to step away.

“This is the last one,” Silva told reporters in his native Gran Canaria. “Ten years for me is enough. It’s the perfect time for me.

“Initially, City were talking for 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.”

Silva missed chunks of City’s title-winning 2017/18 season to return to Spain where his pre-mature born son Mateo was being treated in hospital.

Mateo has since recovered and was in attendance for City’s first home game of this season in August when Silva scored in a 6-1 rout of Huddersfield.

However, Silva has previously spoken of his desire to return to Spain for family reasons when his City career comes to an end.

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City Extend Lead With Dramatic Win Over West Ham

Manchester City’s Spanish manager Pep Guardiola celebrates with Manchester City’s Spanish midfielder David Silva. Photo: Lindsey PARNABY / AFP

Manchester City moved eight points clear at the top of the Premier League as David Silva’s superb late strike capped a dramatic 2-1 victory over West Ham on Sunday.

Pep Guardiola’s side maintained their recent habit of finding dramatic, late winning goals, with Silva netting seven minutes from full-time at Eastlands to give City a record-equalling 13th successive Premier League victory.

Silva produced his impressive volley after Nicolas Otamendi struck in the second half to cancel out a first ever league goal from Hammers defender Angelo Ogbonna just before the interval.

City have drawn level with Chelsea in 2016-17 and Arsenal in 2001-02 for the most consecutive victories in a single season in Premier League history.

The all-time record for successive victories is Arsenal’s 14, achieved between February and August 2002.

City also set a club record with a 20th straight win in all competitions, giving them the perfect preparation for next weekend’s summit meeting with second-placed Manchester United at Old Trafford.

West Ham are second bottom of the table after failing to win for the eighth consecutive league game.

The visitors, looking for their first win under new manager David Moyes, looked surprisingly untroubled, in the first half at least, and arguably created the better chances of the opening 45 minutes.

That was certainly underlined a minute before the interval when Ogbonna headed his side into an unexpected lead that exposed some poor play in City’s defence.

Aaron Cresswell exchanged a short corner with Manuel Lanzini and crossed for the Italian, who beat Otamendi to the ball and steered a well-aimed header into the corner.

City were stunned but West Ham had enjoyed the better chances of the first half, while surrendering possession to the hosts.

The best of three decent openings fell to Lanzini, in the 38th minute, after a rare mistake by Silva who gifted the ball to the West Ham man in midfield.

The attack ended with City keeper Ederson turning his shot around the post, somewhat unconvincingly, as the visitors coped with City’s impressive arsenal of attacking talent.

– Immediate improvement –

City were curiously off the electrifying pace they have set so far this season.

The only moment that really troubled West Ham reserve keeper Adrian — selected because City loanee Joe Hart was unable to play — came from Silva’s deflected 25th-minute shot which he did well to tip over his bar.

Guardiola had left Vincent Kompany and Fernandinho out of his starting line-up, to avoid either collecting a yellow card which would earn them a suspension and a ban for the upcoming Manchester derby.

It had looked a potentially costly decision but, at the interval, the City manager brought on Gabriel Jesus and saw an immediate improvement.

A foul by Declan Rice on Fabian Delph presented Kevin De Bruyne with a free-kick on the edge of the area and his superb curling strike was parried away, equally impressively, by the diving Adrian on 55 minutes.

Two minutes later, City were level.

Raheem Sterling’s deft touch sent Jesus darting to the right-hand by-line from where his low cross was turned in from close range by central defender Otamendi.

They could have been in front on 61 minutes when Leroy Sane’s crisp shot drew another diving save out of the West Ham keeper.

It was now one-way traffic with Sane’s dribbling run and shot bringing yet another acrobatic parry out of Adrian before Sane and De Bruyne both tried shots from the edge of the area.

Soon, Adrian was required to keep out a shot from Jesus with the rebound falling invitingly to Sterling who, uncharacteristically, miskicked from what looked a promising position.

Silva struck in the 83rd minute with a brilliant finish, diving to meet De Bruyne’s cross at full stretch and steer the ball in from five yards, past the wrong-footed goalkeeper.

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David Silva Extends Man City Contract

Manchester City’s Spanish manager Pep Guardiola celebrates with Manchester City’s Spanish midfielder David Silva. Photo: Lindsey PARNABY / AFP

Spanish midfielder David Silva has extended his contract with Manchester City by one year to 2020, the Premier League leaders announced on Thursday.

Silva, 31, has become one of City’s most decorated players since joining in 2010 and has played a pivotal role this season as Pep Guardiola’s side have surged to the top of the table.

“I am so happy to have committed my future to City,” Silva said in comments published on the City website.

“I am incredibly proud of what I have achieved at City in my seven and a half seasons here and with Pep in charge, I feel we are in a great position to win trophies this season and beyond.

“The style of football we are playing is a pleasure to be a part of and I look forward to winning more titles in the years to come.”

Silva joined City from Valencia and has contributed to two Premier League title wins, two League Cup triumphs and one FA Cup success during his time at the Etihad Stadium.

Sporting a newly shaven head this season, he has formed a devastating midfield partnership with Kevin De Bruyne, scoring one goal and providing 10 assists in all competitions.

The artful, left-footed midfielder has been capped 118 times by Spain, scoring 35 goals, and was a member of the squad that triumphed at Euro 2008, the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012.

“We are very pleased with this announcement,” said City director of football Txiki Begiristain.

“Not only has David Silva been central to the club’s success over recent years, he remains one of the team’s key players.

“He has shown again this season that he is the best creative midfielder in English football and he will be very important in developing our talented young players in the coming years.”

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Manchester City Fined £35,000 By English FA

Manchester CityManchester City have been fined £35,000 by the English Football Association.

City were penalised for their players’ behaviour during the 1-1 draw with Liverpool on March 19.

The club admitted to a misconduct charge for failing to ensure that their players conduct themselves in an orderly fashion.

It followed an incident “in or around the 50th minute”, when referee Michael Oliver awarded Liverpool a penalty.

James Milner scored from the spot, with Sergio Aguero equalising on 69 minutes.

Both Gael Clichy, who was penalised for a raised boot on Roberto Firmino, and David Silva were booked after Oliver pointed to the spot.

Guardiola Urges Sterling To Stay Focused

Guardiola, sterlingManchester City Manager, Pep Guardiola has challenged the England forward, Raheem Sterling to stay focused after showing an impressive performance against Steaua Bucuresti on Tuesday.

Guardiola was full of praise for the Manchester City forward at the first leg of UEFA Champions League play-offs, but insists he can improve even further.

“Until now, Raheem is playing really good but he’s only 21-years-old so he has to learn a lot, Guardiola told ESPN.

“The best advice is to keep calm and focus on his training, his body and his personal life. Then when that happens he has a lot of quality — he’s fast and has good work ethic.

“He can go byline or inside. When he comes inside to play he has the quality to link up with his teammates. He’s a fantastic player and that’s why I think (Director of Football) Txiki (Begiristain) and the club were so clever last summer to buy him.”

The team from the blue half of Manchester have all, but secured their place in the Champions League group stage with an emphatic 5-0 win in Romania.

After missing two penalties, Argentine striker, Sergio Aguero scored a hat trick while Spanish Duo, David Silva and Nolito scored once in a dominant performance.

Pellegrini Says Manchester City Not Through Yet

CityManager Manuel Pellegrini insists Manchester City still has work to do after the UEFA Champions League last-16 first-leg win over Dynamo Kiev.

City produced one of their best performances of the season to put one foot in the quarter-finals with a 3-1 victory in Ukraine on Wednesday night.

First-half goals from Sergio Aguero and David Silva put city in control before Yaya Toure made the result safe late on.

Vitaliy Buyalskiy pulled one back with a deflected shot during a Dynamo fightback.

City will feel the result justified, boss Pellegrini’s decision to field a weakened side in the FA Cup.

Having taken dominion of their Champions League last-16, it is hoped that Manchester City would give their best in England to proceed to the quarter-final of the competition.

 

UCL: Manchester City Thrash Dynamo Kiev 3-1

CityEnglish giant, Manchester City, have secured an impressive first-leg win on Wednesday against Dynamo Kiev in Ukraine.

City will feel the boss, Manuel Pellegrini’s decision to field a weakened side in the FA Cup, with Sergio Aguero scoring the opener.

A slick move allowed David Silva to side-foot in a second as City dominated.

Vitaliy Buyalskiy pulled one back with a deflected shot but Yaya Toure curled in an effort to complete City’s win.

Having taken dominion of their Champions League last-16, it is hoped that City would give their best in England to proceed to the quarter-final of the competition.

On the other side, Atletico Madrid held PSV Eindhoven to a goaless draw in Netherlands.

The Dutch side will be travelling to Spain to battle Atletico Madrid for a place at the quarter-final.

EPL: Man City, Tottenham, Bournemouth Earn Convincing Victories

EPLTottenham Hotspur beat Sunderland 4-1 at White Hart Lane in the English Premier League early kick off on Saturday.

Bournemouth also defeated Norwich city 3-0 at the Vitality Stadium to move further above relegation in the EPL.

Goals from Fabian Delph, David Silva and a brace from Sergio Aguero ensured that Manchester City thrashed Crystal Palace 4-0 at the Ethihad Stadium.

Elsewhere Steve Mclaren’s Newcastle United defeated West Ham 2-1 at Saint James’ Park while Southampton secured a convincing 3-nil victory over West Bromwich Albion.

Chelsea captain, John Terry, came from being the villain to a hero as the Blues escaped another home defeat on Saturday.

A late equalizer by the 35-year-old ensured the game against Everton ended 3-3 at Stamford Bridge.

 

Manchester Utd, City Prepare Ahead UCL Clashes

Manchester Utd, City Prepare Ahead UCL ClashesManchester United and their rival, Manchester City are concentrating on their Champions League games on Wednesday night despite the duo’s derby this Sunday.

The Red Devils manager, Louis Van Gaal, said he would be satisfy with a point from a tricky away fixture against CSKA Moscow, especially after the team decided to do their pre-match training session at home in Manchester.

United striker, Wayne Rooney says he is hoping for a good result and any goals to his name would just be a bonus.

PSV, Eindhoven and Wolfsburg complete Group B where all four teams have three points from two games.

In the meantime, Manchester City manager, Manuel Pellegrini, says he is wary of a tough Sevilla side, as they prepare without star duo David Silva and Sergio Aguero.

Pellegrini’s men host their Spanish opponents in the Champions League Group D clash and go into the game on the back of their comfortable 5-1 English Premier League victory over Bournemouth.

The manager, who had just 16 senior players in training, had also brought in youngster, Bersant Celina to the session, as he assesses his squad’s casualty list.

David Silva Signs New Five Year Deal With Manchester City

silvaSpain midfielder, David Silva, has signed a new five-year deal with Premier League champions, Manchester City.

Silva becomes the third player to agree new terms in recent months after Samir Nasri and Aleksandar Kolarov committed their futures to Manuel Pellegrini’s side and Sergio Aguero and captain, Vincent Kompany, are expected to be next.

The 28-year-old Spaniard, who joined City for £24m from Valencia in July 2010, said that the decision to sign a new deal was easy as the Etihad had become his second home.

“From the moment I joined the club four years ago, it has felt like a second home to me,” said Silva, who has 83 caps for Spain.

“On and off the pitch, I feel incredibly content and fulfilled, so why wouldn’t I stay and keep winning trophies with a fantastic team?

“Over the last four years, we have achieved so much together, establishing City as a dominating force in England.

“Now, when I look around this dressing room, I can see no reason why we won’t become one of the top teams in the world.

“It was a straightforward decision to extend my stay here and spend my peak years at Manchester City, a club with unbelievable fans who have always supported me,” Silva told City’s website.

David Silva scored eight goals in 40 appearances as he helped City to the title last season, when the club also claimed the Capital One Cup.

He was part of the team that won the Premier League crown in 2011-12, and also triumphed in the FA Cup with City in 2010-11 at the end of his first campaign in English football.

City beats United to get lifeline,back in control

The much talked about local derby between the two Manchester clubs; Manchester City and Manchester United ended minutes ago with Manchester City smiling  as victors as Manchester United sleepily lost to their arch rivals putting City back on top.

By this, the English Premier League title race which is already nosing towards the end of the season might be claimed by Manchester city as they are now in control of the table, occupying the number one spot with 83 points, same point shared with United but a goal difference of 8 points and the turnaround of events boiled down to the great move made by Vincent Kompany and it sure made the difference tonight.

A David Silva’s corner sets Vincent Kompany to rise higher above all other players with so much strength mustered to head the ball into the right direction to the astonishment of United defenders towards the end of the first half.

A definitely bewildered United after the goal by Kompany had from the beginning of the match approached the derby with a defensive mind set in a bid to frustrate Manchester City who played host to the Red Devils at Etihad Stadium.

Going into the second half United came out of their shells but it was too late as Manchester City stood grounds so hard not to concede or get complacent bearing in mind the consequence of a draw or lose on home ground to United with two games remaining for the season to end and a winner of the league to be crowned.

It would be recalled Manchester City already lost hope over the EPL title thereby conceding the title to Manchester United as he declared them most favourite the season to lift the title because according to him would have two easy games after playing Etihad Stadium while his own club will embark on two tough games after playing host to United.

However, this derby which ended in favour of Manchester City can be capped a remarkable comeback for the Manchester club after falling at Emirates Stadium to Arsenal and the defeat left them eight points behind their fierce local foe at the top of the table.

A tough and gripping two weeks of the English Premier League is being expected because nothing right now can be predictable as both teams go into their last two games of the season to decide who will be crowned.