David Silva’s outstanding Manchester City career is to be recognised with a statue at the Etihad Stadium.
City have announced a sculpture of the Spanish playmaker will be unveiled next year along with a similar tribute already planned for former captain Vincent Kompany.
Silva made the last of his 436 appearances for City in Saturday’s Champions League quarter-final defeat to Lyon in Lisbon.
The 34-year-old is widely regarded as one of the club’s greatest-ever players having won four Premier League titles, five League Cups and two FA Cups since his arrival from Valencia in 2010.
In addition to the statue, Silva will also have a training pitch at the City Football Academy named after him with a celebratory mosaic placed alongside.
City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said: “David Silva is a transformational player – a quiet leader who has acted quietly and deliberately and inspired everyone around him, from the youngest academy player to his senior team-mates over the past 10 years.
“He has put a stamp on the team, on this club, its history and even the Premier League as a whole.
“In doing so he has been instrumental to the beautiful football philosophy you see today. He was the start of it.
“As with Vincent before him, David’s statue will act as a lasting reminder of the wonderful moments that he gave us, not only as an incredible footballer, but as an inspiring ambassador who represented this football club with great dignity at all times.”
Silva has been one of the key players in City’s rise to the top of the English game over the past decade. Prior to the FA Cup triumph of 2011 the club had not won a trophy for 35 years but now they are regularly competing for silverware.
“We converted Manchester City to a winning club,” Silva told City TV.
“This is something good and our fans deserve it after all those years without winning any silverware.
I will be forever grateful. I am going to be a Citizen until I die and my family as well.David Silva
“It is normal that after all we have done during the last 10 years the demands are higher but we have the team to achieve it in the future.”
Silva’s contract at City was due to expire in June but he agreed a short-term extension to take him to the end of the interrupted 2019-20 campaign. He leaves with a lot of fond memories of the club and their fans.
He said: “It felt like home from the very beginning, everyone treated me and my family so well. I will be forever grateful. I am going to be a Citizen until I die and my family as well.”
Silva, who is now a free agent, has been linked with a move to Italian side Lazio.