Pep Guardiola has revealed that one of the major contributing factors behind his decision to join Manchester City was star midfielder David Silva.
Silva joined the Citizens from La Liga outfit Valencia back in 2010, and has since been a crucial player for the Mancunian club. He has already made 292 appearances for City in all competitions, and helped them win 2 Premier League titles, an FA Cup, and 2 League Cups.
The Spaniard is regarded as one of the finest playmakers in not just England, but the entire Europe. And as per the latest comments of Manchester City’s new boss Pep Guardiola, the 31-year-old is also one of the best footballers he has coached during his entire managerial career.
“David is one of the best players I ever trained in my life, so I am a lucky guy to be with him,” said Guardiola, the man who has managed numerous world-class talents during his time at Barcelona as well as Bayern Munich.
Pep continued (via Goal): “One of the reasons why I decided to come here is because I was pleased to be with him. I was in Spain when he was with Valencia. I was in Barcelona and I thought, ‘Wow! That guy is special’.
“But I was impressed the most when I met him by the fact of how competitive he is. The skills, you know them because he is a long time here in England, but how he is a winner, he has a winning mentality, he’s a fighter, he runs, he’s a fantastic player.
“Of course his performance was really good (in City’s 2-0 win over Sunderland). But on the pitch I didn’t say that to him! We are going to have dinner together. I invited him.”