David Silva has signed for Spanish La Liga side Real Sociedad after leaving Manchester City. The move comes as a surprise to many who had expected the City legend to join Italian Serie A side Lazio.
But the 34-year-old former Spanish international chose to head back home after spending a decade in England. He has penned a two-year deal with Real Sociedad to continue his illustrious carreer back in his homeland.
Having joined Manchester City from Valencia in 2010, the midfield maestro enjoyed a very fruitful time at the Etihad Stadium.
He made 436 appearances for City winning four Premier League titles, five League Cups and two FA Cups during his 10-year stay. That has earned him cult status at the club with many City faithful seeing him as one of the club’s greatest-ever players.
His contributions have been instrumental to City’s rise to the top of the English game over the past decade. Before Silva’s arrival, the club had not won a trophy in 35 years. But he helped the side win the FA Cup in 2011 in his first season at the club.
City is now a power house in England and regularly competing in Europe.
The club’s hierarchy has recognised his impact and bestowed extraordinary honor on him by announcing the decision to erect his sculpture alongside that of former captain Vincent Kompany at the Etihad Stadium next year.
Meanwhile, Sociedad have confirmed Silva will link up with the squad for pre-season after spending some time off before the new season begins. The new La Liga campaign will start on September 12.
Imanol Alguacil’s side will also compete in the Europa League group stage after they came sixth during the 2019-20 season. After making it to the Copa del Rey final last term, the club is certainly aiming higher this time around. It is hoped that the City legend will add much-needed experience to the squad to help push for a Champions league place next term.
We wish him the best in his latest adventure.