David Silva: Man City announces plans for statue at Etihad stadium


David Silva’s last game for Manchester City saw him come against Lyon as an 84th-minute substitute

Manchester City have announced plans for a statue of Spain’s playmaker David Silva at the Etihad Stadium.

Silva’s 10-year success at City came to an end after Saturday’s Champions League loss to Lyon.

Signed from Valencia in 2010, the 34-year-old midfielder made 436 appearances and helped City win 14 trophies.

“David is a transformative actor, a quiet leader who has inspired everyone around him,” said city president Khaldoon Al Mubarak.

“The statue of David will serve as a lasting reminder of the wonderful moments he has given us, not only as an incredible footballer, but as an inspiring ambassador who has represented this football club with great dignity at all times. ”

The statue will be unveiled in 2021, along with another tribute dedicated to former city captain Vincent Kompany, who left the club last year and announced earlier on Monday that he was retiring from the game.

Silva’s contribution will also be commemorated with the nomination of a training ground and a mosaic in his honor at City’s training ground.

Silva has made 309 Premier League appearances, scoring 60 goals and playing a pivotal role in the four titles City won in 2012, 2014, 2018 and 2019.

In domestic cup competitions, he has played 57 times and won two FA Cups, five League Cups and three Community Shields.

Silva holds the record for most European appearances for City, having made 70 Champions League appearances in the past decade.

The former Spain international, who was among the squads to win the 2010 World Cup and the European Championship in 2008 and 2012, has yet to announce where he will play next season.

Italy’s Lazio team have reportedly offered him a three-year contract.