He may well be one of the Premier League’s finest technicians, but Pep Guardiola has admitted that Manchester City star David Silva is also ‘a bit of a b*stard*.
Silva is entering the final months of a glittering 10-year career at the Etihad after announcing he will leave Man City at the end of the season, the Spain midfielder having established himself as one of the greatest players in the club’s history during a decade that has delivered four league titles amongst a host of major honours.
For the majority of his time in English football, the 34-year-old has shunned the spotlight despite his exquisite talents, Silva regarded as one of the greatest creative midfielders of the Premier League era.
Guardiola has now opened up on the personality of a player who rarely grabs media attention, offering an insight into a reserved talent who has spent the best years of his career delighting the blue half of Manchester.
“You’ve always got these stereotypes – ‘He’s Canarian, used to the sun, good weather’, and he’s coming somewhere so cold. But stereotypes aren’t good advisors,” Guardiola said, as per the Manchester Evening News.
“In my first year at City I’d talk to him about it, how surprised I was that he came here, a league so physical, so tough, so imposing, with this climate, with this style of football. How he was able to survive or adapt and do it so well.”
Silva’s former Eibar coach, Jose Luis Mendilibar, previously described him as a “bit of a b*stard” for his incessant desire to win, and Guardiola believes it is the ‘perfect’ description of the mentality of the veteran playmaker.
“That definition, that he’s a bit of a b*stard, is the perfect definition by Mendilibar,” the City boss said,
“You can tell he learned his football on the street, like he’s threatening ‘There’ll only be one winner here.’ David has that in him and you don’t realise it until you get to know him.”