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Man City legend David Silva completes return to LaLiga

Real Sociedad have completed the signing of former Manchester City midfielder David Silva.

The Spaniard officially left the club after their 3-1 loss to Lyon in the Champions League quarter-finals.

It brought his decade at the Etihad Stadium to an end and City revealed on Monday they would honour the playmaker with a statue.

Soon after Silva, who had been linked with a move to Lazio, penned a two-year deal with Real Sociedad to complete a return to LaLiga.

The 34-year-old previously played in the division with Valencia for six years before he signed for City in 2010.

Sociedad confirmed Silva will link up with the squad for pre-season after he has enjoyed some time off.

The new LaLiga campaign begins on September 12. With Imanol Alguacil’s side also set to compete in the Europa League group stage.

Silva made 436 appearances for City and is widely regarded as one of the club’s greatest-ever players. He won four Premier League titles, five League Cups and two FA Cups since his arrival.


Silva’s key role in City rise


The playmaker has been one of the key players in City’s rise to the top of the English game over the past decade. Prior to the FA Cup triumph of 2011 the club had not won a trophy for 35 years but now they are regularly competing for silverware.

“We converted Manchester City to a winning club,” Silva told City TV.

“This is something good and our fans deserve it after all those years without winning any silverware.

“It is normal that after all we have done during the last 10 years the demands are higher but we have the team to achieve it in the future.”

Silva’s contract at City was due to expire in June but he agreed a short-term extension to take him to the end of the interrupted 2019-20 campaign. He leaves with a lot of fond memories of the club and their fans.

He said: “It felt like home from the very beginning, everyone treated me and my family so well. I will be forever grateful. I am going to be a Citizen until I die and my family as well.”

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