A statue of David Silva will be erected at the Etihad Stadium in honour of him as he leaves Manchester City, the club has announced.
The 34-year-old’s successful 10-year spell at the Premier League club came to an end after their exit from the Champions League following defeat by Lyon on Saturday.
“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.”
Silva, who joined from Valencia in 2010, made 436 appearances for City, and helped the club win 14 trophies.
“I look back and it is clear I could not have made a better decision than to accept City’s proposal to join their project back in 2010,” he said in a message on Monday.
Silva’s contribution will also be commemorated by the naming of a training pitch and mosaic in his honour at City’s training ground.
And the statue will be unveiled in 2021, along with another tribute dedicated to former City captain Vincent Kompany, who left the club last year.
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