Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has heaped praises on David Silva after the midfielder celebrated his landmark game for the club with a goal.
The ex-Spain international who retired from international football after this summer’s World Cup played in his 350th game for the Citizens when they hosted Fulham at home in the Premier League.
Silva who scored City’s second goal of the game as they walloped newly promoted Fulham 3-0, has won every major honour the club have won under the Abu Dhabi reign and Guardiola said, according to Daily Mail:
“To play 350 games, you have to be here for a long time, healthy, positive and with a good mentality.”
“It is a lot of games so he has to be so proud. I think the fans are proud of him but he has to be proud of himself also. To do that in England, to survive in a physical league with his type of play, it shows his intelligence on the pitch. It is a big number.”
Nicknamed Merlin for his wizardry on the ball, Silva is regarded as one of the greatest footballers to ever done a Manchester City shirt after spending close to a decade with the club.
City’s victory over Fulham gives them their fourth league win of the season so far from five games. The defending champions currently sit third on the table, two points behind runaway leaders Liverpool and Chelsea.