Guardiola pays tribute to ‘one of the greats of European football’ David Silva

Pep Guardiola paid tribute to David Silva after the midfielder confirmed that he will be leaving Manchester City at the end of next season. 

The farewell tour will start in earnest in August when the season gets up and running again, but the adulation is already pouring after one of the division’s greatest imports revealed he will be leaving.

David Silva this week said that the 2019-20 campaign will be his final for Manchester City after a decade at the club, in which he has won four Premier League titles.

The Spaniard said that the club were willing to keep him on for the next two seasons, but he admitted that “ten years is enough.”

City’s manager unsurprisingly was among the first to heap praise on the midfield maestro, who has been integral to the side’s success over the years.

“He has been one of the greats not only in Spanish football, but in European football as well. He has played for 10 years in Manchester and it is not easy to perform in that league for someone with his qualities,” Guardiola told the press at a Johan Cruyff Foundation event.

“He has done incredibly well. He helped me personally, he has helped us a lot in these three years we have been together. We have another year more and I hope we can live another good year together.”

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