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David Silva set to leave Manchester City next season after 10 successful years

Silva, 33, has amassed 395 appearances since arriving in 2010 and has been a central player in City's meteoric rise under Abu Dhabi ownership

David Silva played 33 Premier League matches last season to help Manchester City retain the title. Reuters
David Silva played 33 Premier League matches last season to help Manchester City retain the title. Reuters

Spanish midfielder David Silva has announced that he will leave Manchester City at the end of next season when he will conclude 10 hugely successful years at the Premier League club.

Silva, 33, has amassed 395 appearances since moving to the Etihad Stadium in 2010 and has been a central player in City's meteoric rise under Abu Dhabi ownership.

Silva, who has won four Premier League titles, two FA Cups and four League Cups during his time at City, featured in 33 league games last season as Pep Guardiola's side retained their crown as part of a domestic treble.

The Spain midfielder, who has also lifted two European Championships and the World Cup with his country, moved to City from Valencia.

He has established himself as a firm fan favourite since then, hitting 70 goals which included the opener in May's 6-0 FA Cup final thrashing of Watford.

But now he has set a date for when he will depart the club, telling reporters at a press conference in Gran Canaria that reaching a decade seems like the right time to call it a day.

"No, this is the last one," he replied when asked if he could stay beyond next season. "Ten years for me is enough. It's the perfect time for me.

"Initially, City were talking about two years, but I decided to sign another one, so I finished at 10 years.

"It completes the cycle. It's a nice round figure. I can never see myself playing against City for another team. So 10 years - that's it."

Updated: June 26, 2019 11:38 AM

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