Manchester City midfielder David Silva has said he will leave the club when his contract expires at the end of next season.
The Spanish star signed for the club from Valencia in 2010 for a fee of £24m, He has gone on to become one of the best players in the history of the club and one of the main contributors to City’s success in the past decade.
He has won four Premier League titles, two FA Cups and four League Cups during his 9-year spell. He has scored 71 goals in 396 appearances for the club.
Global news agency, AFP reported that Silva said he was offered a two-year deal but told the club he only wanted to remain for one more. "This is the last one," Silva told reporters in his native Gran Canaria. "Ten years for me is enough. It's the perfect length of time for me. Initially, City were talking about two years, but I decided to sign for one more, so I stopped at 10 years. It completes the cycle. It's a nice round figure. I can never see myself playing for another team against City. So.10 years - that's it."
Silva is Manchester City’s longest-serving player and was appointed captain of the club after the departure of Vincent Kompany to Belgian team Anderlecht. The 33-year-old’s exit means that Sergio Aguero is the only player surviving from City’s dramatic title-winning line-up in 2012.
There is no doubt that Silva will be remembered as one of the greats, not just of Manchester City but of the Premier League. His departure from the club will give young stars such as Phil Foden a chance to prove themselves and follow in his footsteps.