David Silva had been linked with a move to Lazio at the conclusion of his Manchester City contract but returned to Spain with Real Sociedad.
Manchester City will not forget the debt they owe to David Silva. It was the 2010 World Cup winner who was omnipresent in all their triumphs.
At the age of 34, Silva decided to move on and chose Real Sociedad as his next destination. The Valencia youth academy graduate was impressed with the project at the Anoeta and decided in their favor.
Lazio were also in the running for his signature, but in the end, Sociedad won. The decision also had input from Silva’s wife, who liked San Sebastian and its surroundings.
“I have received several offers during all this time, but I chose Real because they are a club that is doing very well and because their style is perfect for my game,” Silva told Sociedad’s official website.
“Besides, I also know San Sebastian because I played at Eibar. The feelings I have are very good.”
“After I signed, I received many expressions of affection from many people. I arrive in a beautiful city, very calm and in this aspect, I decided together with my family.”
“Part of the decision is hers. I saw a lot of La Liga last year, I watched many of Real’s matches and they play very well. There’s a great ownership and an excellent coach.”
“In the end, they can do important things, there’s a good group and it will be a good challenge, exciting.”
“I can’t wait to start, when these changes happen, you want to start as soon as possible.”
Silva had caught flak in the manner he ditched Lazio for Real Sociedad. His father, David Jimenez, had come to his rescue and hit back at his detractors.