Manchester City fan favourite David Silva has confirmed he will leave the Etihad when his contract expires at the end of the 2019/20 season.
Silva joined the club in 2010 for £25m from Valencia and he has gone on to score 71 goals with 129 assists in 393 appearances.
The Spaniard has lifted an impressive ten trophies in his time at City, including last year’s historic domestic treble.
Explaining his decision to end his ten year association with the Blues, Silva said “This is the last one. Ten years for me is enough. It’s the perfect time.
“Initially the club were talking about two years (contract) but I decided to sign another one so I finished at 10 years.
“It completes the cycle. It’s a nice round figure. I can never see myself playing against City for another team. So 10 years — that’s it!”
The 33-year-old ruled out a move to China and suggested he will only join home town club Las Palmas if they are promoted back to La Liga next season.
Silva will join Vincent Kompany in leaving City after the Belgian’s move to Anderlecht was confirmed last month. Silva believes City are well-equipped to move on without the pair.
“Vinny was an excellent warrior for Manchester City and it’s going to be very difficult to replace a player like him on the pitch and off it,” he added. “But with the new generation we will find another one, another Vinny. They deserve that.
“What they are trying to do is to fight for the league and continue to be the top team in England. Year by year, buying players strategically in different positions and making an unbeatable team.”
Asked about his hopes for his final season as a City player, Silva hinted that winning the Champions League would be the perfect way to sign off.