Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola has revealed his hopes of masterminding another title-winning campaign as a parting gift to Spanish midfielder, David Silva, will bid farewell to the Cityzens next season.
The 33-year-old announced on Tuesday that his time at the English champions will be over at the climax of the 2019-20 season- bringing an end to a 10-year spell at the club- and Guardiola wants to ensure that Silva walks out of the Etihad a champion.
‘We have to enjoy him in the year that he has left,’ Guardiola told Sky Sports.
‘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. He has done incredibly well.’
Silva, who has played 396 times for City in all competitions scoring 71 goals, was also a key member of their domestic treble-winning side last season.
‘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.’
Silva has won four Premier League titles, two FA Cups and the League Cup four times with City.
He was also part of the Spain squad that won the World Cup in 2010, and the Euros in 2008 and 2012.