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David Silva sums up Manchester City’s first season under Pep Guardiola

Spain international David Silva had his say on the 2016/17 season after the club flattered to deceive under the management of Pep Guardiola.

The Catalan tactician arrived at the Etihad Stadium after having bagged silverware with Bayern Munich and Barcelona, but he faced the toughest test yet with the Citizens. Pep endured his first trophyless season in his managerial stint but Silva is hoping to avoid another instance with the manager bringing in fresh blood to the squad.

"When you don't win anything, at the end of the day, you cannot say it is a good season. It was his first season. Now he is building a team in his image, so we will improve. There's great potential next season, for sure. The team now knows his style of play and the club are signing players that he wants. I think the team is going to be much better. He's the best manager I have ever had," said Silva to the Independent.

Silva has been the mainstay in the Citizens squad which has lifted two Premier League titles in the past seven seasons, and he is hopeful that the club step on the gas next term with the likes of Bernardo Silva and Ederson added up to their ever-impressive squad.

The Mancunian giants have released key players in Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna, all regulars in the full-back positions, and this is a key area that they will look to strengthen during the summer transfer window.

Monaco’s Benjamin Mendy and Tottenham’s Kyle Walker have been earmarked as the prime options to bolster the left-back and right-back positions respectively, but there could be further changes in the plans as the transfer window reopens in three weeks’ time. Silva netted the opener in the 2-1 win over Macedonia on Sunday as they maintained their lead over Italy in the World Cup qualifiers by virtue of goal difference.

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