Pep Guardiola confirms David Silva as the new Manchester City captain

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed that David Silva has been voted as the new club captain by the first-team squad. The Spanish midfielder has already confirmed that he would be leaving the Citizens at the end of the ongoing campaign but he has still been handed with the captain’s armband, given he is the most experienced player within the club’s ranks following the departure of Vincent Kompany.

Speaking to reporters, Guardiola acknowledged that Silva has been chosen as the new skipper of the team following a meeting with the first-team squad. He added that the 33-year-old perfectly fits the bill, given he has the experience of the Premier League after serving more than a decade for the club, he said: “David Silva will be our captain. The captain has to be what he is. David has been here a decade, he knows the club and the Premier League.”

Matthaus says he would pick Leroy Sane ahead of Dembele for Bayern

Bayern Munich legend Lothar Matthaus has said that he would prefer the recruitment of Leroy Sane over Ousmane Dembele at the Bavarian giants. Both Sane and Dembele have been linked with possible moves to the Allianz Arena this summer but Matthaus seems to favour the former due to the player’s close proximity with the German players at Bayern.

Speaking to Bild, Matthaus revealed that Sane is fond with a number of Bayern players, given they play together with the German national team. He added that the former Schalke 04 graduate should prove the perfect fit for Bayern when compared to Dembele, who has yet to make his bow in the Bundesliga, he said: “Sane already knows a lot of Bayern players from the national team and has already played with them. If I had the choice between a German and a French international player, I would take the German at Bayern Munich.”

Silva confirms he will leave Manchester City after the 2019/2020 season

Manchester City star David Silva has confirmed that he would be parting ways with the club when his contract expires at the end of next season. The Spaniard has been with the Citizens for the past nine years and the 33-year-old has said that he would prefer to complete a decade with the team before considering a fresh challenge away from the Premier League.

Speaking to reporters, Silva revealed that the Citizens were initially planning to keep him until the summer of 2021 but he opted to intervene and reduce the contract length by 12 months, he said: “No, this is the last one - 10 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.”

Stan Collymore urges Liverpool to sign player with vision of David Silva

Former Liverpool star Stan Collymore has said that the Reds should look into a potential move for Ruben Neves from Wolverhampton Wanderers this summer. The 22-year-old has recently enjoyed an impressive debut season in the Premier League and Collymore believes the Portuguese is capable of adding more quality into the Reds’ ranks.

Speaking to The Mirror, he said: “He’ll know he needs a couple of marquee signings — Ruben Neves would be fantastic for Liverpool — and for his squad not to drop points in such games as the games against Manchester United and Everton. Ruben Neves is one, he’s been on the radar of several clubs. A playmaker. He has the kind of vision of a David Silva or a Bernardo Silva.”
Neves has been extremely impressive for Wolves since making the move from Porto two years ago. However, he has mostly plyed his trade in the central midfield role rather than moving into advanced attacking positions and that evades the potential comparison with David Silva or Bernardo Silva, who are both in the ranks of Manchester City.

Cengiz Under reveals his admiration for Manchester City star David Silva

AS Roma star Cengiz Under has revealed that he is a fond admirer of David Silva and would like to play together with the Spaniard. The Turkey international has been building a reputation for himself at Roma but he has been widely fancied to leave the Giallorossi to pursue a big-money move elsewhere in the summer.

Speaking to DAZN, Under said that he likes to watch the videos of other great players and Silva is one of those, who has impressed him the most. He added that he would like to play alongside the former Spain international, though that could remain a distant at the moment, he quipped: “I have always said that it's very nice to watch other great players, but one should always take himself as an example. You need to be self-critical and you need to improve yourself – I always watch my own videos after games. The one player I really like watching and admire is David Silva. I used to watch his videos often and I like his playing style very much. “I love him, so I hope we can play together some day!”

ESPN pundit explains Manchester City’s European defeat at Tottenham

ESPN pundit Alejandro Moreno believes Manchester City were playing with the hangover from last season’s Champions League quarter final against Liverpool and this contributed to the disappointing result at Tottenham Hotspur. The Citizens had gone into the first leg of the Champions League tie with the aim of securing an advantage, but they could not do so with Spurs eventually sealing a 1-0 triumph at their new stadium.

Speaking after the game, Moreno said that the Citizens were probably fearful after the disappointing defeats to Liverpool at a similar stage last season, and Guardiola may have approached the game with the aim of avoiding a sizeable defeat on the road, he said: “It felt like Manchester City were playing with the hangover of last year’s Champions League result against Liverpool in the back of their heads. They had that in the back of their mind and the way Guardiola approached the match was just to say ‘okay, we’ll take a draw here, or even a 1-0 loss, we just don’t want too much work in the second leg’. In doing so, you start to play more to not lose rather than to win.”

Bernardo Silva feels Manchester City can have a special season

Manchester City attacker Bernardo Silva believes the team can have a special season where they can pursue a historic quadruple. The Citizens have not celebrated more than a League and Cup double in their history but they are currently on course with their aim of winning trophies across all four fronts.

Speaking after City’s FA Cup quarter-final against Swansea, Silva said that the Citizens can end the season in a special way with the chance of bagging three more trophies in addition to the League Cup which they won at the end of last month, he quipped: “I think all the players feel that this season can be special.

Pep Guardiola explains reason behind David Silva’s drop against Chelsea

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has revealed that he wanted more energy and physicality in the midfield against Chelsea and this contributed towards the decision to drop David Silva to the bench. The former Spain international had started in the previous two league games against Arsenal and Everton respectively but he had to adjust to a bench role against the West London giants.

Speaking in the post-match press conference, Guardiola explained: “Sometimes lately I don’t play Kevin or Sergio (Aguero), it’s what I believe is the right decision. I see the opponents, it’s difficult to choose. Dropping Gundo is difficult because of the rhythm he and Kevin have in that situation. Today I thought it was demanding, physically. It was a good decision. He (Silva) played the last two games and was key. Especially in the second half at Goodison. We have a lot of games and we’ll try to have everyone involved.”

Pep Guardiola insists David Silva will decide his Manchester City future

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said that David Silva will decide whether he wants to remain with the Premier League champions beyond the summer of 2020. The 33-year-old has been with the Citizens for the past eight-and-a-half years and during his period, he has transformed into one of the club’s greatest players.

Speaking in a press conference, Guardiola was asked whether Silva would be offered a new contract with his existing deal expiring in 17 months’ time. In response, the Catalan tactician revealed that any decision over the same may have to be made by the player himself as he approaches the twilight of his professional career.

Nuno hails Manchester City manager as one of the best

Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Nuno has hailed Pep Guardiola as one of the best-ever managers after reinventing the modern game with his style of play. The Catalan tactician won his seven league title as a head coach with Manchester City during the previous campaign and Nuno feels the 47-year-old has entered a separate bracket of elite managers in history.

He said:“Yes, no doubt, but how far back do you go? RinusMichels? (Arrigo) Sacchi? There are a lot. When someone brings something new to the game – because everybody knows the game – I think we as managers must develop our ideas to help and develop the game. Pep is in that small circle of persons. He’s changed his game. By doing that, he was able to change some mentalities of others, whether it beTiki-taka or whatever.”

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