The monument will be erected at the front of the Etihad Stadium just like Arsenal did with Dennis Bergkamp, it’s to honour the Spanish midfielder and the works he has done at City. The Spanish playmaker is saying goodbye to the Cityzens after playing for the Manchester outfit for a decade.
The club also reiterated that they’d also be dedicating a training pitch at City Football Academy with a bespoke mosaic of Silva.
The former Valencia midfielder has played his last game for City after they got knocked out of the UEFA Champions League at the quarter-final stage by French ligue 1 club Lyon. Reports are linking David Silva to Lazio on a free transfer.
City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak informed the player privately of their intention to build a statue outside the club’s home ground after his final Premier League match against Norwich City last month.
David Silva isn’t the only City legend going to receive this kind of honor, last year the club announced that they’d celebrate the former club captain Vincent Kompany due to his marvelous contribution to the club. Man City has said that they’d unveil David Silva’s statue and that of Vincent Kompany who’s now Anderlecht’s coach next year 2021.
The mosaic of David Silva is ready at the moment and it encompasses Silva’s contribution to the 6-1 destruction of rivals Manchester United in 2011 and it will be unveiled immediately the UK government guidelines towards the coronavirus pandemic allows Silva to be able to travel back to Manchester for the inauguration, the club said.
Al Mubarak, revealed: “David Silva is a transformational player; a quiet leader who has acted quietly and deliberately and inspired everyone around him, from the youngest academy player to his senior team-mates over the past ten years. He has put a stamp on the team, on this club, its history and even the Premier League as a whole.
“In doing so he has been instrumental to the beautiful football philosophy you see today. He was the start of it.
“As with Vincent before him, David’s statue will act as a lasting reminder of the wonderful moments that he gave us, not only as an incredible footballer, but as an inspiring ambassador who represented this football club with great dignity at all times.”
A World Cup winner and twice European champion with his native Spain, Silva played an integral role in City’s recent history
David played 436 times for City, scoring 77 goals, providing 93 Premier League assists, the most in club history.
He won four Premier League titles, two FA Cups, five League Cups and three Community Shields.