Although now in his 32nd year, David Silva remains a player of immense quality, which shows no sign of diminishing.
As well as still being a key member of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side, he continues to be selected for Spain.
That is despite the emergence of a crop of fine young players, including Thiago Alcantara, Marco Asensio, Gerard Deulofeu and Saul Niguez, becoming available to play in his position.
It is testament to Silva’s ability that three different managers at Manchester City – Roberto Mancini, Manuel Pellegrini and Guardiola – have made many changes to their teams, but seldom has his place been placed under any threat.
The understanding Silva shares with Sergio Aguero, bears a striking resemblance to the partnership he formed with David Villa, for both Valencia and Spain.
A common denominator in Spain’s success from 2008 – 2012, whereby they won two European Championship’s and a World Cup was Silva.
Similarly, he has been influential for Manchester City, as they have won five domestic honours, since his arrival at the club in 2010.
Such are the quality of his displays at club level, he continues to strengthen a reputation for being one of the finest attacking midfield talents, not only in European but world, football.
Given he is featuring prominently for Spain in the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign, Silva has a great opportunity of playing at a sixth major final tournament.
A player widely respected and admired by fellow professionals and supporters alike, Silva has brilliantly conditioned himself, in a not too dissimilar way to that which Ryan Giggs did, to keep excelling at the highest level.
In terms of intelligence and awareness, he possesses both in abundance.
Those attributes can combine for many years yet, to positively prolong Silva’s time as one of the best playmakers in Europe. Longevity and quality, define the mercurially talented Spaniard, as confirmed by him being capped 114 times – and counting – for his country.
Any young aspiring playmakers, need look no further than Silva for a role model, to perfect the craft of playing his position. The arrival of Bernardo Silva at Manchester City rather than condemn him to a marginalised role, is likely to inspire Silva to continue producing his best form.
At club level, he is set to be a vital player for an eighth successive season, at the end of which another World Cup finals beckon for a player of great class.
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