Manchester City’s David Silva says bringing his son Mateo on the Etihad pitch with him was the best moment of his life.
The midfielder brought his son to the pitch as his own personal mascot before their 6-1 demolition of Huddersfield Town last Sunday.
The Spaniard’s son, Mateo, was born extremely premature in December last year and remained in hospital for five months.
And having recently revealed he was getting ‘stronger and stronger’, he was delighted that he could finally take him to watch him play.
The 32-year-old, who hinted on Friday that his playing days could be coming to an end, paraded his young son in front of the home fans and crowned the occasion with a goal from a free-kick.
“It was very special [having Mateo at the Huddersfield game]; the best moment of my life,” Silva told Sky Sports ahead of City’s game at Wolves on Saturday.
“When it all happened, I was only thinking about everything going well and I wished I could have him one day with me at the stadium, and it finally happened.”
He reserved special praise for his ‘amazing’ manager Pep Guardiola, who allowed him to play as and when he could.
“With everything that happened to me, he gave me a lot of freedom, so I’ll always be grateful to him.”
But he hinted, having retired from Spain duty this summer that his playing career could follow.
He added: “I have two more years on my contract here. I feel great here.”
“I want to stay until the end of my contract and then I’ll see how I feel physically and mentally to carry on.”