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