David Silva will retire a very successful footballer, no matter what happens from here on out. A three-time Premier League winner, he also has the World Cup and European Championship to his name.
But one trophy eludes the iconic Manchester City midfielder and that is the Champions League. The furthest City have reached in Europe’s most prestigious competition is the semi-final round in 2015-16 when they were eliminated by Real Madrid by a solitary goal.
Speaking to the Sunday Mirror, 32-year-old Silva said he is happy with what he has accomplished but would like the elusive Champions League medal before he calls it a day.
“I have been at City for eight years and I have been very happy with what the club has achieved in that time,” said Silva.
“But there is something missing: the Champions League. It is the only trophy I don’t have at home and, of course, I want to win it to complete the set.
“If we win the Champions League in the next two years then after that I could retire and really enjoy my life.
“That isn’t to say that I am only thinking of the Champions League. I want to win anything and everything that I am playing for.
“It doesn’t matter if I am playing in the Premier League, the World Cup or FIFA 2018, I want to win.
“If there is a title available then I aim to win it. That will never change. But it is true that the Champions League is very important – both for City and myself.”
In a separate interview – Silva has given several the media in the past week from Gran Canaria – El Mago hinted that he could retire from international football soon.
“I honestly don’t know whether I will continue playing for Spain.
“It is something I must decide in the coming days and weeks and when I go back to Manchester.
“At this moment, the only things on my mind are my son, my girlfriend and my family.
“I will talk to other people, maybe I will talk to Pep, but in the end it will be only my decision.”
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