‘In­stru­men­tal’ Silva to be im­mor­talised by City with statue at Etihad Sta­dium

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport | Football - By James Ducker

Manch­ester City have com­mis­sioned a statue of David Silva in hon­our of the mid­fielder’s glit­ter­ing 10-year ca­reer at the club, and will un­veil it next year along with a sculp­ture of Vin­cent Kom­pany.

Silva made his 436th and fi­nal ap­pear­ance for City in Satur­day’s shock Cham­pi­ons League quar­ter­fi­nal de­feat by Lyon. With his City con­tract ex­pired, he joined Real So­ciedad last night on a two-year deal.

The 34-year-old won four Premier League ti­tles, two FA Cups and five League Cups dur­ing his decade at the club fol­low­ing a £25mil­lion move from Va­len­cia in 2010, and City were de­ter­mined to pay trib­ute to one of their great­est play­ers.

A statue of Silva will be erected at the Etihad Sta­dium next year, to­gether with one of his for­mer City team-mate, Kom­pany, who left the club last sum­mer af­ter 11 years.

Work is al­ready un­der way on the sculp­ture of Kom­pany, who an­nounced his re­tire­ment from play­ing yes­ter­day to take over as full-time man­ager of An­der­lecht.

In an ad­di­tional trib­ute to Silva, a train­ing pitch with a be­spoke mo­saic at the club’s CFA train­ing base will be ded­i­cated to the player. Silva was in­formed pri­vately of the club’s plans by the City chair­man, Khal­doon Al Mubarak, af­ter their fi­nal league match of the sea­son.

Silva ex­pressed his grat­i­tude to the club and their fans in a farewell mes­sage pub­lished last night.

“I look back and it’s clear I could not have made a bet­ter de­ci­sion than to ac­cept City’s pro­posal to join their project in 2010,” he said.

“City and I have grown to­gether. I have de­vel­oped per­son­ally and pro­fes­sion­ally. I have cel­e­brated many vic­to­ries and ti­tles. I have seen my lovely child, Ma­teo, born and I have even started to feel com­fort­able un­der heavy rain!”

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