David Silva conceded that life back in La Liga hasn’t started smoothly since leaving Manchester City for Real Sociedad.
Despite being on the verge of a summer move to Lazio, Silva put pen-to-paper on a two-year deal with Real Sociedad once his Manchester City contract had expired.
The 34-year-old ultimately couldn’t resist the opportunity to return to his homeland after a decade in England, where he became a four-time Premier League winner during a defining era in City’s long history.
Life back in La Liga, however, hasn’t been kind for Silva so far. The Spaniard, who previously starred in the league with Valencia and Celta Vigo, hasn’t complete a full 90-minute match yet and has been booked twice already.
“I have played four games with Real Sociedad and I have been booked twice,” Silva told The Times. “I think I may have a problem with the referees and I need to get back used to it!”
Nonetheless, the World Cup winner sees similarities between now and when he first arrived at City from Valencia in 2010.
Silva added: “I came from the World Cup and barely made the pre-season.
“When I arrived I saw football pass so fast. Everything was flying over me and there was no pause. I felt overwhelmed in some moments.
“I prefer to isolate myself with my people and don’t listen to the noise, but there are some comments that end up coming to your ears and I could hear: ‘This Spanish guy is not going to make it here.’
“After ten years I am very proud to have turned the tables in that regard. When I take stock of my time, I think that my bag is very full. Full of good memories, love, friends and trophies. I can’t be happier about that.”
Silva is set to feature once more for La Real in Sunday’s La Liga clash with Real Betis.