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Manchester City's David Silva to consider future when contract runs out in 2020

Manchester City's David Silva to consider future when contract runs out in 2020

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has said he would like to end his coaching career where it began, with Barcelona's reserves.

Guardiola, 47, in his third season at City, took over Barca's B team in 2007 before being promoted to the senior side a year later.

"I will finish where I started; my final steps will be with youth teams. Hopefully, it will be Barca's," he told the Universo Valdano show, which will air in Spain on Thursday night.

This summer, former Barcelona midfielder Guardiola ruled out a return to coach the Barca first team. He won three La Liga titles, two Champions Leagues and two Club World Cups during four seasons in charge.

Guardiola signed a two-year contract extension with City in May, keeping him at the club until June 2021, and guided them to last season's Premier League title with a record-breaking 100-point tally.

"My teams will try to play how I want them to play," he said. "That's why I'm a coach and I deserve to be happy."

David Silva has said he will consider his Manchester City future when his contract expires at the end of next season.

The midfielder, who retired from Spain after this summer's World Cup, will be 35 when his current deal runs out in 2020 after 10 years at the club.

"For City, two more seasons -- what's left on my contract," Silva told the BBC's Premier League Show. "After that, I don't know. It depends how I feel physically and mentally.

"I've always said that I'd like to play for Las Palmas -- my local team. But we'll see how things go in two years and take it all from there."

Silva has started each of City's last three Premier League games and, with Kevin De Bruyne still missing through injury, is likely to remain a crucial part of Pep Guardiola's plans.

His first start of the season, the 6-1 victory over Huddersfield Town, was particularly special as he was able to take his young son Mateo onto the pitch with him before the game, months after he came out of intensive care following his premature birth.

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"It was so difficult with him being in hospital for so long," Silva added. "You don't stop thinking about it all the time. Besides, he was in Spain, meaning I had to travel a lot and I could hardly train.

"I didn't sleep much, I wasn't eating well. But, luckily, the team was doing really well and that helped me a lot.

"I've said it before that the only times I could get it out of my mind was playing in matches. Then I would start thinking about everything once the match was over. But yes, it was a really good get-out. Football is what we like and enjoy most.

"Now he's doing fine and really everything was worth it. He suffered a lot but now he's growing up really fast."

Silva is back in training at the Etihad Campus following the international break along with Sergio Aguero, who was left out of Argentina's friendlies with Guatemala and Colombia; but insists he feels better than ever after a knee operation at the beginning of the summer.

"Honestly, I feel fantastic," he said. "Dr Cugat did amazing work with my knee and now I don't feel any sort of discomfort.

"Over the past few years, I felt pains at times and when last season came to an end, we decided it would be best to start treatment. And the results were very positive.

"I'm not sure if this is the best start of a season for me, but it's the best I've felt in years. It shows in my game. The challenge now is keeping up this level, and I'll be working nonstop to maintain it."

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