Lionel Messi highlights David Silva and Kevin de Bruyne as key players ahead of World Cup

Argentine superstar Lionel Messi has highlighted Manchester City duo David Silva and Kevin de Bruyne as among the players, who could make the difference at the World Cup. The pair were crucial towards ending the Citizens’ three-season wait for the Premier League title as they broke several records last term.

Speaking to reporters, Messi indicated that City are the best-represented team at the global tournament ahead of Real Madrid. He continued to name the big-name players in different squads where Silva and De Bruyne were both mentioned. He said: “City have 16 players going to the World Cup, making them the best-represented club at the showpiece in Russia ahead of Real Madrid with 15. Brazil have Neymar and Philippe [Coutinho. Spain have Andres Iniesta and [David] Silva. Germany don't have any one star, but they are very solid. Belgium have [Eden] Hazard and [Kevin] De Bruyne. France have [Antoine] Griezmann and [Kylian] Mbappe.”

David Silva Admits Manchester City Success Has Helped Him In A Personal Scale

Manchester City midfielder David Silva has admitted that the club’s Premier League glory has helped him deal with the premature birth of his son earlier in December. The Citizens were handed the league crown after their goalless draw against Huddersfield Town last weekend and Silva has highlighted that he is ‘so happy’ to have won the title alongside the ever improving health of his son, Mateo.

He told Sky Sports News: “Yeah this is a big one for me, because what happened with my son. I am so happy because he is getting better and we got the title. I can't ask for more. Because the team were playing so well, that helped me. I feel okay I feel good. I have to travel to Spain and back to England, it was a tough time for me but you know we are the champions.”

Nicolas Otamendi Believes Romelu Lukaku Is One Of The Toughest Opponents To Play Against

Manchester City centre-back Nicolas Otamendi has claimed that Barcelona’s Luis Suarez and Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku are two of the toughest opponents to play against. In an exclusive interview with Marca, he said: “There are many. Luis Suarez is a striker who is constantly moving, making diagonal runs, creating space, then you always have to be prepared to run. Then Lukaku is another very strong player, technically good, quick... It's between those two.”

Meanwhile with Argentina due to face Spain on Tuesday night, the 29-year-old was asked as to which player La Roja player he would prefer to have alongside him, and he was quick to point out to his clubmate David Silva, he added:“David Silva. He's a player who looks different, it's very difficult to take the ball off him. I'm lucky to play with him for our club. Spain has many great players, like Iniesta. Who wouldn't like having them in their team?”

Silva Happy After Carabao Win

Manchester City midfielder David Silva is happy after his team managed to win the Carabao Cup. He said that there is a great atmosphere in the club and that they will be hoping that they could build on that and win more trophies until the end of the season.

David Silva said that it was not an easy game as Arsenal is a strong team and that they had to fight for every ball. He said that the players knew that if they gave the Arsenal players time on the ball they could create opportunities for them and this is why they had to fight on the pitch.

David Silva said that this was an important win for him as he has been out of the team for quite some time due to injuries and that he is happy to have scored in this game.

Kevin De Bruyne Believes His Teammate Is Very Underrated

Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne has hailed the contribution of David Silva, who has been the unsung hero in the Citizens’ cruise to the Premier League title this term. The likes of De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero have been earning plaudits for their performances over the course of the season, but the former believes that Silva has been equally influential, and he is probably ‘very underrated’.

In a report covered by Omnisport, De Bruyne said: “The thing is we don't have competition. I'd prefer it if he scores even more, it helps us. But everybody is doing their part. One day it will be me, on another day it will be David. Obviously, I'm very satisfied with the way I'm playing, I feel I'm playing really well. But I don't need to score or give assists, I just need to do my thing to help us win games and, in the end, I will be very happy. David is unbelievable to play alongside, he's very underrated, and that means a lot considering his standards.”

Gabriel Jesus vows to return stronger after knee injury

Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus is hoping to leave his knee injury behind him as he looks to return to regular first-team action. The Brazil international suffered a gruelling injury on New Year's Eve versus Crystal Palace, and it was initially feared that he would be ruled out for the rest of the season.


However, the former Palmeiras man has made his comeback ahead of schedule, and he is aiming to become a regular once more with the World Cup coming up in five months' time, he said: "I got injured on 31st December, it was the worst day of my life. It was difficult because I never had an injury there and in that moment, I feared the worst.

David Silva returns for Manchester City against Bournemouth

Pep Guardiola has been handed a huge boost with the news that midfielder and playmaker David Silva may be fit for the game against Bournemouth this weekend. The presence of the Spaniard has been a huge factor behind Manchester City’s incredible start to the season. However, Silva was unavailable for the recent game against Tottenham due to unknown reasons. The presence of several incredible stars in the lineup meant that Manchester City were able to get a 4-1 win over Spurs win without Silva, as it was the turn of Kevin De Bruyne to step up to the plate.

However, Silva will be back to take the mantle against Bournemouth. It is extremely important that Silva was back in the first team not just for this match, but also for the upcoming list of fixtures in the festive period. There are a number of matches for Manchester City during this period and this is immediately followed by the FA Cup and League Cup action in January. As a result, Guardiola may need their full complement of players in order to challenge on these four fronts. Apart from Silva, City may also be boosted by the return of John Stones, who has been looking impressive so far this season. The 23-year-old was heavily criticised in his debut season at the club.

Pep Guardiola hopeful of fresh David Silva contract

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is hopeful that David Silva will commit his future to the club on a new long-term deal. The 31-year-old has played a pivotal role for the Citizens in the early part of the campaign, where they remain unbeaten in all competitions.

Silva is one of the City's longest-serving players having joined from Valencia back in the summer of 2009, and Guardiola has stressed the need to prolong the Spaniard's stay at the Etihad. In a report covered by Sky Sports, the City manager spoke about the midfielder's influence on his fellow teammates, while suggesting any deal is down to City director of football Txiki Begiristain.

David Silva is the best player in the Premier League - Joey Barton

TalkSPORT pundit Joey Barton has hailed David Silva as the best player in the Premier League following his influence in Manchester City's 6-0 triumph over Watford on Saturday.


The Mancunian giants spent over £220m on new recruits during the recent transfer window, but Barton insists that Silva is still the most important player in the Citizens squad.

Speaking as co-host on Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, he said: "City look phenomenal. They’ve got the best player in the league – and that’s David Silva. He’s head and shoulders above anyone else and has been for a while. Every pass is the right pass. He would have to be in the same conversation as a Luka Modric and Toni Kroos. If he was playing for Barcelona and not in the Premier League he would be even better. For me, he is the best in the Premier League by an absolute mile."

Manchester City form will decide Brazil World Cup dream, says Gabriel

Gabriel Jesus has insisted that he will continue working harder with Manchester City as he dreams of representing Brazil at the World Cup finals in Russia next summer.

The 20-year-old joined the Citizens from Palmeiras in January, and he has since contributed 12 goals in just 20 appearances in all competitions.

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