The spanish playmaker David Silva called time on his career as an international footballer with a World Cup win, as well as two triumphs in the European Championship and over a century of caps going back more than a decade.
Silva first got on Spain’s team in 2006. What has marked out Silva—apart from his playmaking and silken skills—has been, perhaps surprisingly, his physical courage.
After World Cup disappointment and a difficult time personally, the Manchester City star laments that he will think about calling time on his career with the Spanish team.hi
David Silva was pondering on bringing his remarkable international career with Spain to a close and plans to seek advice from his Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola.
Silva’s exploits with Spain have coincided with the most successful period in the country’s history, winning the 2010 World Cup between back-to-back successes in the European Championship.
But, at 32 and coming off the back of a disappointing campaign at Russia 2018 where Spain were eliminated in the last 16 by the hosts, Silva contemplated on concentrating his focuses elsewhere and he finally reached a decision of retiring.
There is a sense that he is underappreciated among the general public in Spain. He doesn’t have the exalted status of Xavi and Iniesta, or, for example, Real Madrid’s Raul from a generation just before him. It’s partly because he’s played the bulk of his career overseas. Out of sight, out of mind. Also he hasn’t played for either of Spain’s two defining clubs, Barcelona and Real Madrid.
The World Cup has left Silva with mixed emotions. He lost his place in Spain’s team in the 2010 World Cup after Spain lost its opening pool match 1-0 to Switzerland, ultimately losing out to Pedro in the starting XI, and only featured again in the tournament as a late substitute against Germany in the semi-final.
In an exclusive interview with Sky Sports, speaking from the Anfi del Mar resort in Gran Canaria where he is an ambassador, Silva predicts that this latest deal will probably be his last at the club.
David Silva admits his latest contract at Manchester City will probably be his last at the club but says he wouldn’t join a Premier League rival. Moreover, he signed a one-year contract extension at City last season to keep him at the club until 2020.
The Spanish midfielder first signed for City in 2010 from Valencia and has developed into one of the club’s greatest ever players.
During his eight-year spell, Silva has won three Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups.