David Silva: My head wasn’t in Manchester last year – I owe Pep and City so much

David Silva Mateo

The Spanish pass master, who has scored or assisted 130 goals in 262 Premier League games since arriving from Valencia in 2010, sat out eight City matches around the turn of the year with “personal reasons” the only official explanation.

It later transpired that Silva’s partner Yessica had given birth to son Mateo three months early, and the newborn was fighting for his life in intensive care back in Valencia.

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