From being a player that Arsenal rejected for not being physically strong enough for Premier League Football and Manchester United also rejected the chance of signing him for not doing enough defensively, David Silva has so far remains the man that make things happen in Manchester City, the man Guardiola turns to when his team need something special.

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Guardiola was full of praise for the Spanish international David Silva ahead of Manchester City Premier League match against Stoke City.

“He’s got a lot of technical skills in a complicated league with the physicality, the weather conditions, the pitches, and he has survived to be one of the best players in England for a decade,” said Guardiola.

“He has been here for a long time and is playing in a high level.

“We are so happy to have him to extend his contract. It means a lot.

“He is a huge competitor. He is shy, he doesn’t speak too much but on the pitch when the moment is there and the game is on he is the guy who never hides in tough conditions when the game is not going well.

“He makes a step forward and that is so important.”

Silva is expected to fly to Spain to be with his family after their Premier League game against Stoke City on Monday, therefore skipping Manchester City training break in Abu Dhabi because of family reasons

He would be training on his own when he travels to Spain, to maintain his fitness and sharpness so he can be able to slot straight back into the team when they need him.

“We’ve said many times family is the most important thing,” said Guardiola.

“He wants to be here but sometimes he needs to come back and see his son and wife, who are doing well. He has to go there.

“Of course he knows he has to train because you cannot play good if you don’t train for a long time.

“He trains on his own in Valencia when he goes there and of course in the game against Basel he decided to go to Valencia.

“He came back and trained on Thursday, he will be ready to play against Stoke City and after that when we will go to Abu Dhabi he will stay in Spain.

“What has happened has happened. His family and son are the most important thing.

“Hopefully he can sort it as soon as possible, his lovely kid can grow and grow and he can stay with us all day.”



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