PEP GUARDIOLA believes David Silva will proceed to glitter for a number of years to return at Manchester Metropolis.
The arrival of namesake Bernardo in Might for £43million was anticipated to mark the start of the tip of the Spaniard’s Metropolis reign.
But the midfielder, 31, has as soon as once more been a shining mild, having fun with one other sensible marketing campaign.
Silva has 18 months remaining on his current contract however is poised to signal one other that retains him on the Etihad till 2020.
If he sees that out, it might make a decade of excellent service.
And Guardiola mentioned: “When he can lastly signal the contract, we’ll be so blissful. Like Yaya Toure, like Joe Hart, like Vincent Kompany, and Pablo Zabaleta was, and lots of different gamers, he’s an actual legend for this membership.
“What he’s achieved for the membership can be written within the historical past books sooner or later. I hope he’ll proceed for the following few years.”
Silva, who signed from Valencia for £24m in 2010, could also be small in stature, however he has an enormous coronary heart and character — and that’s what has impressed Guardiola most.
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It’s why he barely misses a recreation and appears sure to be concerned towards Southampton tonight. His eight assists this season places him on the prime of the Premier League listing, whereas he’s 12th within the all-time charts.
Guardiola added: “He appears skinny and like he doesn’t run an excessive amount of, however he’s by no means injured and each three days he’s match, he’s there.
“It doesn’t matter if it’s a pleasant recreation or essential recreation, he’s prepared.
“I like guys who’re sturdy and need to play, however I like extra the fellows who usually are not afraid to play on a regular basis — and with David you may have that loads.”
Guardiola has been a giant fan of Silva from afar for a few years, however now he works with him he sees qualities he by no means knew about.
He mentioned: “What I like essentially the most about David, being a man who’s a bit severe in his life, a bit of bit shy, is how aggressive he’s.
“And the way aggressive, in successful duels, when usually he’s a man extra about method and the move.
“I like him loads. He completely fits Spanish soccer however right here, with the velocity and the climate, the wind and the powerful circumstances, he has survived for a very long time.
“He’s a man who will play within the essential levels and particularly throughout the dangerous occasions.
“I put lots of consideration on how gamers react in dangerous moments, throughout the recreation and in dangerous conditions.
“David is at all times there. I’m not speaking about him taking part in good or dangerous however he’s at all times there — and that’s so essential for the membership.”