Manchester City have announced plans for a statue of Spanish playmaker David Silva at Etihad Stadium. Silva’s successful 10-year spell at City came to an end after Saturday’s Champions League defeat by Lyon.
Signed from Valencia in 2010, the midfielder, 34, made 436 appearances and helped City win 14 trophies. “David is a transformational player, a quiet leader who has inspired everyone around him,” said City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak.
“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.”
The statue will be unveiled in 2021, along with another tribute dedicated to former City captain Vincent Kompany, who left the club last year and announced earlier on Monday he was retiring from playing.
Silva’s contribution will also be commemorated by the naming of a training pitch and mosaic in his honour at City’s training ground.