The Spanish midfielder has announced he will be leaving the Premier League champions at the end of next season.

He went on to say that English starlet Phil Foden is ready to take his place in the Citizens midfield and that the young midfielder is โ€œgetting better day by dayโ€. Silva said that Foden actually reminded him of his younger self.

David Silva has been a very important contributor to Cityโ€™s success over the past years having spent ten years at the Manchester club.

Foden has made 38 first-team appearances during his two seasons in Pep Guardiola’s senior squad and his performances have seen him earmarked as a star of the future.

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“I’m sure he’s going to be a fantastic player. He’s a very nice man and he will be a good replacement for me.

“Apart from his natural skills, he’s a very competitive person. He always wants to win and that makes a very good footballer.

“When you’re young, you always ask people with experience. I’ve given him lots of advice, like how to move on the pitch. He’s taken the information in and he’s getting better day by day.

“He reminds me of myself when I was young โ€” especially how he is as a person. He’s very quiet but always there, competing. He hates losing.

“The best advice I can give him is always staying calm. Whatever happens in football, the highs, and lows, always keep calm.”

Silvaโ€™s departure means that after Vincent Kompany decided to leave City for Belgian side Anderlecht, the Citizens will lose another symbolic player after the upcoming season.

Speaking at the launch of a campaign to stop domestic violence in his native Gran Canaria, Silva spoke about the challenge that awaits his club in replacing the man who won four Premier Leagues, two FA Cups and four EFL Cups during his 11 years as a City player.

“It’s going to be very difficult to replace a player like Vinnie, on the pitch and off it,” said Silva, who has made 396 appearances for City, scoring 70 goals.

“He was an excellent warrior for City. But with the new generation we will find another one, another Vinnie.

“You always need experienced footballers around to help you. But City’s future is in safe hands with Bernardo Silva, Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane and Phil there.”


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