David Silva is voted the best Spanish player in Premier League history

David Silva has emerged the best Spanish footballer in Premier League era according to polls by the BBC.

The former Valencia man saw off opposition from Liverpool’s duo of Xabi Alonso and Torres alongside Fabregas to become the finest Spanish import with 37% of the votes.

Silva has played a pivotal role in the most successful period in City’s history, winning seven major trophies with 349 appearances under his belt.

Last season’s title success was emotional for Silva following five months in the hospital to stay with his son who was born prematurely in December 2017.

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“It was really tough,” Silva told the BBC. “It was so difficult, him being in the hospital for so long.

“Besides, he was in Spain, meaning I had to travel a lot and could hardly train.

“I didn’t sleep much; I wasn’t eating well. But luckily the team were doing really well, and that helped me a lot. I’ve said it before, the only time I could get it out of my mind was when I was playing.

“Then I would start thinking about everything once the match was over. But yes, it was a really good escape. Football is what we like and enjoy most.”

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