David Silva says he will more than likely leave Manchester City at the end of his current contract.
The Spaniard joined City in 2010 and has been a key figure in the club’s success over the past eight years, scoring 61 goals and providing 115 assists in 346 appearances to help the club win three league titles, an FA Cup and three League Cups.
However when his current deal at The Etihad expires in 2020, Silva says he will search for a new challenge.
“When I finish my contract with Manchester City I will be 34 years old, at that time I will probably want to do something different,” Silva told Sky Sports. “I don’t know yet but I won’t play for another club in England.
“People always love me in England, it’s been eight years – very successful years, and the football we’ve played has been very attractive. English people love that type of football – those type of games. And that’s why I’m so happy here.”
City won the Premier League title in record fashion last term, managing 100 points and winning 32 of their 38 top flight games.
And after a productive summer which has seen the acquisition of £60 million Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City and potentially more deals to come, Silva believes he and his team-mates could be the first side to defend the Premier League title since Manchester United in 2009.
“It’s going to be very difficult, especially this year with the big teams Man United, Arsenal, Chelsea spending lots of money to get very good players,” Silva said.
“To win consecutive leagues is going to be very difficult but we’re going to try. I’m sure this year we’re going to do it.”