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Silva: I am leaving Manchester City this season

After renewing his contract with Man City, Kyle Walker describes how he's developed under Pep Guardiola and his hunger for more silverware. Via Man City

Manchester City midfielder David Silva has said he will leave the Premier League champions at the end of the 2019-20 season.

Asked if he would stay beyond next season, the 33-year-old was quoted as saying by the BBC: "No, this is the last one.

"Ten years for me is enough. It's the perfect time for me.

"Initially, City were talking about two years, but I decided to sign [for] another one, so I finished at 10 years.

"It completes the cycle. It's a nice round figure. I can never see myself playing...

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Man City's David Silva gets 8/10, Oleksander Zinchenko's errors earn him 5/10

Manchester City were given early worries, but returned to winning ways with a 1-3 rout of Southampton at St Mary's.

SOUTHAMPTON, England -- Manchester City moved back up to second in the Premier League by ending their mini-slump with a 3-1 win at Southampton. After missing a glut of good early chances, City took the lead through David Silva. The Saints were gifted a way back into the game when Pierre-Emile Hjobjerg latched onto Oleksander Zinchenko's poor touch to fire in an equaliser. But City struck twice before half-time through a James Ward-Prowse own goal and Sergio Aguero's header to cut Liverpool's lead...

Bill Barnwell's Premier League midseason awards: Hazard best player; Fred worst summer signing

As we hit the peak of the festive season and approach the start of the January transfer window, now is a good time to take a look back at the Premier League. The competition is hitting its halfway point after 19 matches, and following a suffocating performance from Manchester City last season, the race between City and Liverpool (with Tottenham Hotspur on the outside) is shaping up to present the most exciting second half of a campaign since Leicester claimed the title in 2016.

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David Silva, Riyad Mahrez, Leroy Sane all 8/10 as Man City hold on for win at Watford

WATFORD, England -- Manchester City moved five points clear at the top of the Premier League as they held on in a tense finish for a 2-1 victory at Watford on Tuesday. It appeared to be business as usual when Leroy Sane and Riyad Mahrez scored either side of half-time, but Abdoulaye Doucoure's late goal set up a dramatic finish as they pushed for an equaliser.

Positives

Watford didn't sit back but City were still able to employ their usual dominant gameplay, enjoying more than 70 percent possession....

Man City's third goal vs. Man United was a two-minute demonstration of Pep Guardiola's stunning football

The move lasted exactly two minutes. When Manchester City scored for the final time that afternoon, lifting them to a 3-1 win over rivals Manchester United, the move to get them there featured a wondrous and uninterrupted sequence of possession. This was not a mere goal; this was a short film directed by Pep Guardiola.

Fittingly, given his stellar performance all afternoon, its main actor was David Silva.

Silva is 32 years old, a stage of career by which most footballers have become shadows...