Where are they now? The Manchester City XI on David Silva’s debut

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David Silva has announced he will leave Manchester City at the end of 2019-20 after 10 years of service to the club.

After joining from Valencia in 2010, Silva has been at the heartbeat of City’s transformation into one of the best clubs in Europe.

We’ve taken a look back at the City team he first joined, with his competitive debut coming in a 0-0 draw against Tottenham in August 2010.

Joe Hart

It’s much nicer to think of Hart as he was back then (one of England’s most promising goalkeeping prospects) than he is now (one of England’s least promising goalkeeping prospects at Burnley), isn’t it?

Micah Richards

Having just turned 22 at the time of Silva’s debut, Richards, like Hart, was regarded as one of England’s brightest young prospects.

The defender was a key player alongside Silva in City’s first Premier League title win, earning a nomination for the club’s Player of the Year award, but his career has been ravaged by injury since joining Aston Villa in 2015.

Richards’ contract at Villa Park expires this summer, but he last kicked a ball for the club in October 2016.

Kolo Toure

Joined at the Etihad in 2010 by his brother Yaya, Toure became an incredibly popular figure wherever he has played.

The defender clearly made an impression on Brendan Rodgers at Celtic and is now a coach under the former Liverpool boss at Leicester City.

Vincent Kompany

Quite possibly the greatest leader Manchester City have ever been able to rely on, Kompany left the club this summer to return to Anderlecht as player-manager.

Aleksandar Kolarov

Now 33, Kolarov is still going strong for Roma, two years after leaving City.

What we’re all here for really is his rendition of Jingle Bells.

Nigel De Jong

We would very much like to see some footage of De Jong patrolling Al Ahli’s midfield, kicking everyone who dares come near him into the air.

Gareth Barry

Another veteran yet to hang up his boots, Barry broke the Premier League appearance record while at West Brom in 2017 and remains with the Baggies in the Championship.

Yaya Toure

Despite Toure himself insisting he had no plans to retire this summer, his agent told Sport 24 in May that the midfielder had actually called it a day.

As ever with Toure, we wouldn’t rule anything out.

Shaun Wright-Phillips

Having played for City in both the second tier and Premier League across two spells, Wright-Phillips witnessed the transformation of the club perhaps better than anyone.

“The realisation kicked in for a lot of people the day after I went back as there was talk about Robinho signing,” he told The Sun in 2019.

“Within 24 to 36 hours later I was training with him. You think, ‘The owners are serious about this, they really want to do it.'”

The former England international last played professional football for Phoenix Rising in 2017, although his son D’Margio is now on City’s books.

Carlos Tevez

Now onto his third spell with Boca Juniors, Tevez is set to retire once his contract with the club expires this year.

“Other times, I missed the club when I left, but this time it won’t be the same,” he told Canal 13. “I won’t go to another team and I’ll retire with this jersey.

“I don’t want to retire and then become a coach or director. I must prepare for such a role first.”

David Silva

The man himself, and the man who many Manchester City fans believe is the club’s greatest ever player, which we’re not going to argue with.


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