David Silva will start fewer games next season and be rested more often, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola revealed in the second half of his Friday press conference.
At the age of 32, El Mago remains one of City’s most important players and has shown no signs of slowing down, but he has been absent regularly this season on personal leave after the premature birth of his son Mateo – so when he has been available, Guardiola has made the most of him.
Perhaps conscious of his age and the demands of a full season, Guardiola revealed his plans to bench Silva more next season and the need for a deep squad.
“Next season, David maybe will not play every game, that’s why the squad has to be big,” the City boss said.
“He’s played more due to his absence, more energy in the legs. The decisions are taken day by day and it is what it is.”
Silva has started 25 of City’s 32 Premier League games this season, appearing once as a substitute. He has contributed 8 goals and 11 assists in the league, and another fantastic campaign has led to the Spaniard being nominated for the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award, along with City teammates Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sané.
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