David Silva has described his son Mateo’s illness as the most difficult time of his life, but confirmed that his baby boy is now well.
In an interview with ITV Granada Reports, Silva spoke about his difficulties last season, which often saw him miss games when he had to fly back to Spain to check on Mateo’s health.
“He’s well. It was the most difficult time of my life,” Silva said. “We spent some very tough months. But thank God. Thankfully, he’s a fighter. He’s given me the strength to work hard and fight in my career and my life too.”
Pep Guardiola was understanding of Silva’s ordeal and frequently said that family comes before football, allowing El Mago to come and go as he needed. Silva hasn’t forgotten the kindness of the City boss.
“He made things very easy for me. And I thank him for giving me more time with my family and my son. With his help, things are much better now.”
Silva not only rates Pep as a person, but also as a manager.
“He makes things easier. He makes complicated things seem easy. He tells us to play, be happy and enjoy the game. He’s definitely one of the best managers in the world.”
The Manchester City legend was speaking from his beloved Gran Canaria. Watch the interview below:
"It was the most difficult time of my life" – Manchester City legend @21LVA thanks manager Pep Guardiola for his support while his premature baby son was treated in hospital.@chrishallitv reports from Gran Canaria. pic.twitter.com/v8GAqEw19H
— ITV Granada Reports (@GranadaReports) July 25, 2018