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He'll be back'-Guardiola says Silva, the legend from Manchester City, will provide tribute to Etihad.The 34-year-old will leave the club at the end of the season and Lazio will be his next stop 

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said that departing club legend David Silva will eventually receive the tribute he deserves from City fans. 


Silva will be leaving the club at the end of the current campaign after 10 seasons with City, with the 34-year-old expected to join Lazio at large. 


During his spell with the club, Silva won 14 trophies including four Premier League titles, cementing his status as one of the all-time City greats.However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, Silva has been unable to receive proper farewell from City supporters, with all games of the club being played behind closed doors since the return of football. 


Before his side's quarter-final in the Champions League with Lyon, Guardiola said Silva was ready to play a part against the Ligue 1 outfit and also suggested that the Spaniard will receive a fitting tribute from the faithful of Etihad when they are allowed to return to the stands. 


"Absolutely he 's ready. I'm really impressed with his personality by the way he has trained and the mentality in his training," Guardiola said ahead of the Lisbon game. All of us know it was a pity that his last games in the Etihad were without people but he’ll be back. We have said it many times, he will be back – when the crowd and the people are back in the stadium – and he will get what he deserves."

Guardiola also reiterated that Silva decided long ago that 2019-20 would be his final season at City, saying that any effort convincing him to stay would be futile. 

"He decided from the beginning of the season to move on," Guardiola said. "It’s like I said a couple of days ago – he has stayed one decade here and now it is time for a new experience."

Silva has made 434 appearances in his time with City, scoring 77 goals while providing 93 Premier League assists, the most in club history.After his final Premier League game with the club, Silva said he was worried emotionally about leaving Manchester. 


"It's been emotional because they're great people," he told BBC Sport. "I've been working with them for ten years and I've had nice relationship. I love them and will miss them all. 


"For sure [I 'm proud of my time at Manchester City]. To win so many titles and how we won them. I'm a lucky man, I've had plenty of good moments, and even this one, the last. I'm going to miss it all-even the weather.According to the retired Old Trafford skipper, domestic honors won't be enough to please the big-spending club owners 

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has stepped up pressure on Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, after the manager said he wouldn't be a disappointment if he couldn't give the Etihad outfit a Champions League win. 


Guardiola insisted this week that he will more than make up for losing out on Europe's most coveted club crown by the Premier League and cup honors he has won for City, along with the friendships he has established during his time in England. 

However, Ferdinand, who captained the fiercest rivals of City for that honor in 2008, does not buy the comments of the Catalan, claiming that the main reason the ambitious owners of the club brought in the former coach of Barcelona and Bayern Munich was to lift the European trophy.With Guardiola's competitive spirit, the perfectionist he appears to be, and the obsessive nature he possesses, he would not be happy if he walked away from City without winning the Champions League," Ferdinand told The Sun. 


"At Bayern Munich he was probably more successful than at City but the fact that he did not win the Champions League in Germany will always taint his time there. That's because of the degree he's been working at in the past and the expectations he set himself in Barcelona. 


"I think it would be the same if this were to happen at City again. Their owners have specifically brought him in to win the Champions League, whether he likes it or not. They were winning the Premier League before he arrived, so he hasn’t so far achieved anything at City that nobody else has.

“He can say what he wants about not being judged on the Champions League because he has to protect himself, but he has been brought in to win this tournament. I’m not saying he would be unsuccessful if he doesn’t manage to win it, but he would not have done what was on the tin.”Ferdinand continued to characterize City as "their own worst enemy" in Europe, with Guardiola 's high-octane approach to games sometimes costing them dearly when, in the eyes of the former defender, they would concentrate more on securing leads than playing beautiful football. 


"In the Champions League you have to play differently to the way you do in the Premier League," he added. "It's very different. You 're playing more often than not against various players and better players, because it's the elite tournament, so you have to adapt your game. For many years at United we were going into Champions League games gung-ho and still playing attacking, free-flowing football as if we were in the Premier League, but if you look at the years we were successful in Europe, in the big games we were stiff and hard to play against.It's about being adaptable, and the tournament being respected. City were sometimes Europe's own worst enemy. 


"There were times when they had neck scruff games and stuck to their weapons and played on their values — instead of saying 'yeah, let's shut down the bond and keep what we have' — and they were punished. 


"This time, game management is even more critical with the ties one game only.

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