The Spanish playmaker [Silva] had been strongly linked with a switch to Stadio Olimpico, but surprisingly completed a move to the Anoeta on Monday. Silva completed a free transfer to Sociedad on Monday after leaving Manchester City at the end of their 2019-20 campaign. The 34-year-old signed a two-year contract at Real Sociedad. The Man City Star returned to La Liga after 10 hugely successful years in the Premier League.
David Silva’s transfer speculation:
Lazio was mooted as the most likely destination for the ex-Spain international in recent weeks. Silva’s father Fernando Silva fuelled speculation over the potential switch earlier this month.
He told El Transistor of his son’s desire to undertake a new challenge in Serie A: “I can confirm that he loves Serie A and would really enjoy playing in Italy. He told me he could play there until he’s 40.”
However, Silva has ultimately decided to start the next stage of his career at Sociedad. Silva’s decision to join Sociedad came as an unwelcome surprise to Tare. Lazio director Igli Tare has reacted angrily to David Silva’s sudden move to Real Sociedad.
The Lazio chief said in an official press release: “I learn about David Silva’s transfer to Real Sociedad. I have great respect for the player, but not for the man.”
Sociedad handed Silva the No.21 shirt upon his arrival in San Sebastian. The No.21 shirt was vacated when Real Madrid winger Martin Odegaard returned to Santiago Bernabeu following a season-long loan.
Silva’s achievements as a Man City player:
The former City star left the Etihad Stadium with the status of a club legend. David Silva made a total of 436 appearances for the Blues after moving to Manchester City from Valencia in 2010. Silva got his hands on four Premier League titles, two FA Cups and five League Cups while playing for City. He successfully established himself as one of the top playmakers in European football.
The Spanish playmaker will now try to help Sociedad to improve on last term’s sixth place La Liga finish. Silva will also play a vital role in the Europa League, which is up for grabs for Imanol Alguacil’s side in 2020-21.
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