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This is my last season, 10 years is the perfect time’: David Silva confirms he will leave City

Silva has told City that he will not extend his contract when it expires next summer, signalling the departure of one of the greatest players of the Premier League era.

The 33-year-old has been at the forefront of City’s rise to dominance since signing from Valencia for £26million in 2010, winning four league titles, two FA Cups and four League Cups.

This is the last one,’ he said. ‘Ten years for me is enough. It’s the perfect time.

‘Initially the club were talking about two years (contract) 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!’

Despite winning a domestic Treble last season, the Champions League has eluded Silva. He admits that lifting Europe’s greatest club prize would be the ‘perfect’ way to say farewell.

We haven’t been able to achieve that goal yet of winning the Champions League but if every year is like last season I would sign for it right now,’ he added.

‘When I was a kid, I never thought I would achieve everything I have done so I’m more than happy with what I have achieved in my 10 years at City.

‘The respect people have shown me and the way people in Manchester have treated me has been unbelievable. That’s what I really like, the recognition they have given me.’

Silva is keen to enjoy more time with his partner Jessica and their baby son Mateo who won his fight for life after being born prematurely in December 2017.

‘I’ve got a family now and it’s about priorities,’ he added. ‘I want to spend more time with the family. I’ve got another year at Manchester City so we will see what happens after that.’

Not China,’ said Silva in his role as a spokesman for Anfi Group close to his hometown of Arguineguin. ‘I don’t know. My girlfriend decides for me!

‘I would love to finish my career here in Las Palmas but football changes. Who knows? It depends on the team and the players. I cannot come here to play in the Second Division with this team.’

Silva has earned the nickname ‘Merlin’ for the magic he has produced on the pitch in a City career that so far totals 396 appearances, 71 goals and 129 assists.

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