Manchester City are the most represented club at the World Cup this summer, with 16 of Pep Guardiola’s men taking centre stage in Russia.
With every team at the tournament playing at least one game now, the City stars have had a mixed bag of success so far in the tournament.
The likes of Kyle Walker, Raheem Sterling and John Stones have had a positive start to the tournament with England, and Kevin De Bruyne and Vincent Kompany will also be beaming with joy after Belgium’s win over Panama. But it’s not been a walk in the park for all of the Blues’ stars, with Nicolas Otamendi’s Argentina and Ilkay Gundogan’s Germany coming away from their first match with surprisingly negative results.
David Silva, who’s at the World Cup with Spain, drew in his first game against Bernardo Silva’s Portugal.
Silva is an integral member of Spain’s team, as he has been for the last 12 years since making his debut in 2006.
However, at the tender age of 32 now, there have been question marks surrounding his future in the national side. But Silva has quashed rumours of him retiring from Spain, saying he feels fitter now than ever before.
“Of course, I’m older, but I don’t have an expiry date. I’m not thinking about retirement and for as long as I feel this way I will continue to be available for selection,” he told Marca.
“I’ve always been mentally strong, otherwise I wouldn’t have been around this long, when I feel that I’m not contributing I’ll raise my hand and say so.
“I’ve always put in a big physical effort, I’m playing more centrally now. I have been evolving, Pep has put me in the middle and I’m more involved in matches.
“I think I’m a better footballer now for all of my experience. You gain know-how from playing matches because every moment of a football match has its own rhythm.
“I prefer the David Silva of 2018 because he’s experienced a lot of top level football.”