Manchester City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain has identified four players as the key figures responsible for the club’s success on the pitch in the last decade. The former Barcelona forward has been instrumental to that success behind the scenes. Having joined the club in 2012, he has facilitated the recruitment of some important figures into the team including manager Pep Guardiola.
But he singled out four star players as the key to City’s success during his time. Begiristain was speaking while praising David Silva for his recent performances even as the midfielder looks to leave the club soon.
“He’s been one of the leaders – with Vincent (Kompany), with Yaya (Toure) and Kun (Aguero). No one will forget what they’ve done,” the 55-year-old stated about Silva and his exclusive class of teammates both former and present.
He showered more praise on El Mago crediting him for playing a significant role in the club’s success so far.
“Not only the way David plays football but helping us be a successful club. He will always be remembered because of that.”
After a decade at the club, Silva will be leaving at the end of the campaign. That will leave Sergio Aguero as the last man standing of the quartet. All of them now club legends.
Of the remaining players in the team, the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling provide the brightest spark. Defender Aymeric Laporte is becoming a stalwart performer. But young guns like Phil Foden and Eric Garcia are warming up to carry the torch for the next generation.
With the decision from the Court of Arbitration for Sport on the UEFA ban expected soon, the future is a bit uncertain at the moment. A decision to uphold City’s European competitions ban could result in some players choosing to leave the club. Kevin De Bruyne, in particular, has hinted he will not stick around as it will be difficult to go a whole two years without Champions League football.
Raheem Sterling has been courting Real Madrid while Bernardo Silva has told anyone that cares to listen he will like to play for Barcelona. Sergio Aguero has a year left on his contract. The Argentine could be on his way out of the club at the end of next term. Same applies to Fernandinho and even manager Guardiola.
For now, we will have to wait and see how things pan out.