Silva Bows out with last game against Norwich City
Although there will be no supporters present, David Silva will be holding back tears when he makes his 309th and final Premier League appearance for Manchester City.
The former Spain midfielder, 34, is regarded as one of the club’s greatest-ever players, a key figure in transforming City into a dominant domestic force over the past few years.
Silva, who has helped win 11 major trophies in 10 years, announced in June he would leave at the end of the 2019-20 season, adding: “Ten years for me is enough. It’s the perfect time for me.”
Since arriving from Valencia for £24m in July 2010, Silva has provided 93 assists in the Premier League and scored 60 goals.
With relegated Norwich providing the opposition for City’s final league game of the season, Silva will be confident of adding to that tally.
“I know he’s loved by City fans and appreciated far beyond Etihad Stadium, but I’m still not sure he quite gets all the wider accolades he deserves for what he’s brought to English football since he arrived in 2010,” said former City defender Micah Richards.
Will Liverpool finish the season with another record? Jurgen Klopp’s runaway leaders are in the hunt for the biggest title-winning points margin.
The record currently stands at 19 set by Manchester City in 2017-18 when they finished on 100 points, while runners-up Manchester United got 81. Liverpool, who are at Newcastle, are 18 points clear with one match to go.
Meanwhile, Thierry Henry’s record of 20 Premier League assists in one season is under threat.
Henry achieved the record in 2002-03 at Arsenal but Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne needs just one more to go level with the Gunners legend.