Manchester City legend David Silva believes he is playing at his final World Cup, but is certain that he has plenty to offer despite now being 32 years of age.
The silky playmaker is appearing at his third World Cup, having been in the winning Spain side at South Africa 2010, and will hope to lift the famous trophy one more time.
Speaking to Spanish newspaper Marca, El Mago was asked if international retirement is on the horizon for him.
“As qualification for the tournament in Russia went on I have felt better and better. Of course, I’m older, but I don’t have an expiry date,” said Silva.
“I’m not thinking about retirement and for as long as I feel this way I will continue to be available for selection. I’ve always been mentally strong, otherwise I wouldn’t have been around this long, when I feel that I’m not contributing I’ll raise my hand and say so.”
Silva was asked how the 2018 version of him compares to the 2006 version.
“I think I’m a better footballer now for all of my experience. You gain know-how from playing matches because every moment of a football match has its own rhythm. Knowing how to handle that is crucial, the more you play then the better you read games.
“I prefer the David Silva of 2018 because he’s experienced a lot of top level football. The peace of mind that this brings is fundamental to success and I’ve played more than 120 matches with the national team.”
And the magician was asked the big question – will this be his final World Cup? Sadly, it appears that it will be.
“Do you see me in another World Cup? I’m enjoying playing football with the team at this moment but I don’t believe I’ll play at another World Cup.”
No club has more players at the World Cup than Manchester City and that point was raised by Marca to Silva.
“Well, it suggests that we’re doing the right things. Pep has changed the team and made our rivals think more.”
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