As part of an incredible, must-listen interview with Guillem Balague on BBC Radio 5 Live, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola spoke in some detail about David Silva’s struggles last season.
Anyone who has seen the All or Nothing: Manchester City docuseries will know how difficult David Silva’s season was as he went back and forth between England and Spain to check on his gravely ill newborn, Mateo, who eventually pulled through to the delight of everyone.
Guardiola explained the feeling of that situation, how the squad got behind Silva, and how things are going now.
“Always it will be an amazing part of our life together, for all the team who saw how he suffered, what happened,” Pep said. “Mateo fought for his life many months and to David we said if you have to stay there and come back, you can decide. We are here for everything you need.
“It is going well. David is strong – I think he is more mature. I have a feeling he laughs more now, he talks more. It was nice to see this amazing, happy end in a tough situation. I think Mateo will be strong – he survived for his life, so whatever happens in his life he can handle it.
“David is shy, he doesn’t talk too much, does not give many interviews, but whatever people might believe about him, the complete opposite is true. He is a real fighter. That is why Mateo will be too.”
Guardiola, who also revealed that he never plans to manage another English club after City because of his connection to Manchester and the fans, was also asked to list the six songs that define him and said they are:
– Don’t Look Back in Anger by Oasis (1996)
– The Healing Day by Bill Fay (2012)
– Fiesta by Joan Manuel Serrat (1970)
– Amor Particular by Lluis Llach (1984)
– New York New York by Frank Sinatra (1980)
– Your Song by Elton John (1970)