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David Silva is a Spanish midfielder and arguably one of the most talented of his generation. The diminutive playmaker began his career at Valencia and progressed through the academy to make 168 appearances for Los Che across four seasons before Manchester City made him one of the first signings of the Abu Dhabi era.
A supremely technical and gifted playmaker with a range of vision and passing few can compete with, Silva is nicknamed ‘El Mago‘ – the Magician in homage to his brilliance. One of City's greatest-ever players, Silva has won the Premier League (4), FA Cup (2), League Cup (5) and Community Shield (3) since moving to England. A full Spanish international, he was part of the Spain side which won the 2010 FIFA World Cup and UEFA European Championships in 2008 and 2012.
- 2010: Valencia to Manchester City – £26 Million
- 2020: Manchester City to Real Sociedad – free transfer
David Josué Jiménez Silva is a Spanish football player who rose to prominence with Manchester City and is currently playing for La Liga outfit Real Sociedad. Since 2006 he has been a part of the Spanish National Team and has since accumulated 125 appearances marked by 35 goals. He was a part of the 2010 Spanish squad that won the World Cup and has also been crowned European Champion in 2008, 2012, and in 2004 with Spain's U19 team. With Manchester City, Silva also has a long list of honours, winning the Premier League 4 times as well as the FA Cup, Carabao Cup, and the Community Shield. Before moving to England, he has a single trophy with Valencia – a 2008 Copa del Rey title.
David Silva’s Transfer History
Silva's first steps into football saw him playing as a goalkeeper before converting to a winger. He names Michael Laudrup as his idol and most significant influence on his style of play. Being a product of Valencia's youth academy, the midfielder was awarded his professional debut while out on loan with Eibar in the Segunda Division. In his first seasons, he reached 35 appearances, but it wasn't enough to become part of Valencia's senior squad. Silva went out on loan for a further campaign, but this time with Celta Vigo. In the process, he proved he's ready for La Liga, and upon his return to his mother club, he was instantly named in the starting line-up. This was also when he received his first call-up for Spain's National Team.
In his final season with Los Murciélagos 2009/2010, he contributed to the team's return to the Champions League, prompting transfer rumours linking him with other Spanish clubs like Real Madrid and Barcelona. However, he chose to seek a move outside of Spain, which Manchester City offered him. The citizens were glad to land one of their transfer targets for the sum of £26 Million. Roberto Mancini was quick to deploy Silva as a winger, and he made sure to impress. Despite this, nearing the end of his first year in England, gossip suggested that the midfielder is home-sick and wants to return to his homeland. However, his debut seasons ended in a ton of praises for his efforts, and he decided otherwise.
The following years at the Etihad have been nothing but success for the Spaniard. In 2012 amid strong Real Madrid-linked rumours Silva extended his contract with City. He hit the transfer news pretty hard in 2020 when he announced that he is ready to conclude his career at the top level. Football whispers suggested that he’s most likely returning to Valencia, but Serie A Lazio was also frequently involved. J-League Vissel Kobe and MLS Inter Miami had also made bids for Silva, which were turned down. In the end, it was Real Sociedad that beat all transfer odds and landed the winger's signature. So far, his new team is topping the La Liga, and Silva may be on his way to winning the Spanish league – a feat that he is lacking.