Real Sociedad have confirmed the shock signing of David Silva from Manchester City. After a decade of success, the Spain midfielder departs the Etihad Stadium with more medals than anyone in the club’s history.
The 34-year-old has Spanish midfielder has joined Real Sociedad as a free agent on a two-year deal after his Manchester City contract expired. Lazio were believed to be the front runners as they seem confident of reaching an agreement to sign Silva, according to Sky in Italy, and offered the 34-year-old a three-year deal worth €10m a year.
However, the Spaniard has opted to join Sociedad who finished sixth in La Liga last season, a decade after he swapped Valencia for Manchester City. The former Valencia man has now returned to La Liga after 10 years in England with City where he won 11 major honours including four Premier League titles.
The 34-year-old bowed out after City’s Champions League exit to Lyon on Saturday, coming off the bench in the 3-1 quarter-final defeat.
City announced on Monday Silva will be honoured with a statue outside the Etihad Stadium in recognition of his service. “Real Sociedad has reached an agreement with David Silva for the Canarian footballer to play for the Txuri Urdin team for the next two seasons, until June 30, 2022,” read a statement on the club’s website.