David Silva joins Real Sociedad from Manchester City
Former Manchester City midfielder David Silva has joined Spanish club Real Sociedad as a free agent on a two-year contract after Lazio transfer failed at the late hours.
The Spanish international was linked with a move to Italian club Lazio after his contract expired at Etihad at the end of July 2020. According to reports, Silva agreed on a three-year contract with Lazio.
The deal collapsed in the last minutes when Spanish club Real Sociedad hijacked the midfielder from Lazio. This has not gone down well with Lazio, and are said to have been angered by Real Sociedad.
Silva joined Manchester City from Spanish club Valencia on June 30, 2010, in a four-year contract when City started the project of rebuilding their club buying some high profile players.
Silva, after joining Manchester City in 2010, went on to spend 10 amazing years at the football club, as is already considered as a club legend by City fans across the world
In his first season for Manchester City, he made 53 appearances for the club, the highest appearance for City in his ten-year career in sky blue jersey and scored six goals.
Silva joined Manchester City in 2010 from Valencia, he became an integral part of the team and is today, regard as a club legend by city fans
The 34-year-old midfielder made 436 appearances for City and scored 77 goals in all competitions.
Silva carried many trophies with Manchester City during his ten-year spell at Etihad including four Premier League titles, two FA Cup titles, five EFL Cup titles and three FA Community Shield Cup titles.
David Silva celebrates lifting the Premier trophy with Manchester City
The midfielder was hoping to lift the Champions League title with City in his last season at the club; he revealed his desire to do so after his final Premier League match for Manchester City on July 26 2020.
"To win so many titles and the way we won it, I am a lucky guy," Silva said. "I have had a lot of nice moments, and this one as well, the last one. I will miss everything, even the weather, Silva said after the final premier league game.
"I hope we can win the Champions League. It's a pity we have to play with no fans, but the safety of the people is the most important thing."
David stating his desire to win the Champions League title with City in his final Premier League match
Silva took to his Twiter account to thank the whole city team and fans for their support during his time at the club.
'The time has arrived. 10 years and 13 titles later, it's time for me to say goodbye to the club that has left an indelible mark on my life and career. I look back, and I could not have made a better decision than to accept City's proposal to join their project back in 2010.
'Manchester City and I have grown together. In 10 years, I have developed personally and professionally. I have celebrated many victories and titles and lived through epic moments. I have seen my lovely child, Mateo, born, and I have even started to feel comfortable under heavy rain!'
'City are a fantastic family. I won't ever forget the way they threw themselves into helping me when I suffered the hardest moments of my life, offering my support and empathy.
'Precisely because of that I want to tell you it has been a real pleasure wearing the sky blue shirt and the captain's armband of our club, sharing the dressing room with the best players and coaches in the world and working closely with the finest club representatives and board members the game has to offer.
'And on top of that, all the time, I had the backing of the amazing fans who have supported me always, through good and bad moments. You really are amazing.'
'I hope that City will achieve even bigger triumphs in the future. I am going to support the team from a distance. I am so happy to have shared these unforgettable moments with the City family - you will always be in my heart.'
I want to send every Cityzen a huge hug.
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