‘This is the last one' - Silva confirms he will leave Man City after next season

David Silva has confirmed that next season will be his last at Manchester City. 

The midfielder is heading into his 10th season with the Premier League champions, having signed with the club from Valencia in 2010.

The Spaniard, who has played a massive part in turning the club into one of the best in Europe, has now made it clear that his time at the Etihad Stadium is drawing to a close having already won four league titles, two FA Cups and four League Cups.

"This is the last one," he told the Daily Mail. "Ten years for me is enough. It’s the perfect time.

"Initially the club 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!"

Silva says that a shift in his personal priorities are leading him to make a move after next season, with spending more time with his family growing more important for the 33-year-old.

"I’ve got a family now and it’s about priorities," he added. "I want to spend more time with the family. I’ve got another year at Manchester City so we will see what happens after that."

While his time at City in drawing to a close, Silva does not plan on stopping playing, though he has ruled out a move to China or to any team that would have to face his current club. 

"Not China," said Silva yesterday in his role as a spokesman for Anfi Group close to his hometown of Arguineguin. "I don’t know. My girlfriend decides for me!

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"I would love to finish my career here in Las Palmas but football changes. Who knows? It depends on the team and the players. I cannot come here to play in the Second Division with this team."

Silva has made 396 appearances in his nine seasons with City, scoring 71 goals and providig 129 assists to his team-mates.

He also earned 125 caps for Spain before announcing his retirement from international football in August 2018.

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