Former Manchester City playmaker David Silva has joined La Liga side Real Sociedad for two seasons, after an incredible 10 year with the club.
The Spaniard’s 10-year spell at City came to an end after Saturday’s Champions League defeat by Lyon.
Signed from Valencia in 2010, the midfielder, 34, made 436 appearances and helped City win 14 trophies.
Italian side Lazio were reported to have offered former Spain international Silva a three-year contract. but he joins Real Sociedad on a free transfer.
Sociedad finished sixth in La Liga and were in search of a new playmaker after Martin Odegaard returned to Real Madrid following a one-year loan spell.
Silva made 309 Premier League appearances, scoring 60 goals and playing an instrumental part in City’s four title wins in 2012, 2014, 2018 and 2019.
In domestic cup competitions, he played 57 times and won two FA Cups, five League Cups and three Community Shields.
Silva holds the record for the most European appearances for City, having played 70 Champions League matches over the past decade.
He was also in the Spain squads that won the 2010 World Cup and the European Championship in 2008 and 2012.
The 2020-21 La Liga season begins on 12 September.
Real Sociedad announced the completes signing of Manchester City play maker David Silva today Tuesday as his former teammates Kevin De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva give shocking reaction to the transfer deal done with La Liga side.
“I guess reading a book was a bit too much for you… maybe just go for a brew 😂😂”
— Real Sociedad (@RealSociedadEN) August 17, 2020
Kevin De Bruyne reacts to Silva moved to Soceidad after 10 years in Etihad.
“Sad to see this man leave the club after incredible 10 years. It was an honour to play with and wish you all the beat in the future my friend”
— Kevin De Bruyne (@DeBruyneKev) August 17, 2020
David Silva goodbye message to Man City, teammates and City fans
“The time has arrived. 10 years and 13 titles later, it’s time for me to say goodbye to the club that has left an indelible mark on my life and career.
I look back and it’s clear I could not have made a better decision than to accept City’s proposal to join their project back in 2010.
Manchester City and I have grown together. In 10 years, I have developed personally and professionally. I have celebrated many victories and titles and lived through epic moments. I have seen my lovely child, Mateo, born, and I have even started to feel comfortable under heavy rain! City are a fantastic family. I won’t ever forget the way they threw themselves into helping me when I suffered the hardest moments of my life, offering me support and empathy.
Precisely because of that I want to tell you It has been a real pleasure wearing the sky blue shirt and the captain’s armband of our club, sharing the dressing room with the best players and coaches in the world, and working closely with the finest club representatives and board members the game has to offer. And on top of that, all the time I had the backing of the amazing fans who have supported me always, through good and bad moments. You are really amazing.
I hope that City will achieve even bigger triumphs in the future. I am going to support the team from a distance. I am so happy I have shared these unforgettable moments with the City family – you will always be in my heart.
I want to send every Cityzen a huge hug. Yours,”