After A Decade Of Service, David Silva Will Have A Statue Outside The Etihad

Silva will leave Manchester City after 10 seasons.

Manchester City midfielder David Silva is departing the club after a decade of service. On Monday, City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak revealed the plan for a David Silva statue, as well as the dedication of a training pitch with a mosaic to the Spaniard.

The City tribute tweets didn’t stop there. An outpouring of support for Silva filled Twitter from players, and the 34-year-old left a touching letter to Cityzens.

Haters are always lurking, with some football fans questioning Silva being called a “club legend” and deserving a statue. Comments like “wow, I guess 77 goals in 436 appearances gets you a statue” and “they really be making statues for anyone nowadays” tried to sprinkle down on Silva’s farewell parade.

If we really want to talk about making statues for anyone, we can’t forget that Fulham used to proudly have a Michael Jackson statue outside its stadium.

For Silva’s sake, let’s hope that the statue they make of him looks sleeker than his statue from his birthplace in the Canary Islands.

David Silva's statue in the Canary Islands isn't so pleasing to the eye.

Still not as horrible as those nightmare material Cristiano Ronaldo statues.

Silva will be one of two new statues to appear outside the Etihad as one for former defender Vincent Kompany is under construction. In ten years with the club, Silva helped City rise to prominence. Even from the start he was raising eyebrows. His first goal for the club was an absolute beauty.

The mosaic at the training ground will depict Silva — in perhaps his finest hour — during City’s 6-1 victory against Manchester United during the 2011-12 season. City lifted its first-ever Premier League title that year. Silva also had one of the finest assists you will ever see in the thrashing of the Red Devils.

In total he won four Premier League titles, two FA Cups, five League Cups and three Community Shields for City.

Silva had for the longest time been linked with Lazio for the next chapter in his career. Then in a shock transfer, Real Sociedad snatched Silva right out from Lazio.

Silva will return to LaLiga after a decade away. City signed Silva from Valencia in 2010.

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