Manchester City's David Silva: I don't know how I played on last season


Silva has never hidden his desire to return to Gran Canaria at the end of his career. Unlike many Spanish players, the former Valencia midfielder has not regarded a move to Barcelona or Real Madrid as the pinnacle of his career and he has settled well in Manchester since arriving in 2010, despite the climate being far removed from the year-round sunshine of the Canary Islands.

But with his City contract due to expire in June 2020, Silva admits that he would be keen to end his career with Las Palmas on the Canary Islands.

"At some point, in the future I'd like to play there, but you can never tell can you?" he said. "You certainly can't talk about these things until the right moment.

"For now, I'm just thinking about the season and a half that I have left and enjoying every minute and focusing on doing well for City.

"I'll leave any kind of discussions and talks [on his future] until then and I think it will be a case of seeing how I am physically, mentally and fitness wise. It'll be down to the club as well, of course, to see what they think."

The immediate future revolves around Sunday's Manchester Derby, the 177th competitive meeting between City and United.

Historically, United are the top dogs in the city, with the Red Devils winning 73 of the previous meetings compared to City's 51 victories. But the gap has closed since Silva's arrival eight years ago and City, having won three titles this decade, are now the powerhouse in Manchester.

They have not finished below United in the Premier League since Sir Alex Ferguson guided his team to the title in 2012-13 and Silva admits that the derby has changed beyond recognition during his time at City.

"The derby has changed since my time here," he said. "A key turning point was the 6-1 win at their place [in November 2011] -- I think things have changed since then. When they come to play us here or anywhere, they probably have higher respect for us than before.

"The respect is always there, no matter who you are playing, but maybe now, the way in which City are viewed by United has changed and maybe we have got the upper hand. There is a huge impact from this game, whether you do badly or well, whatever the result of the derby, it has a massive impact."

Whether the Manchester derby is still THE biggest game in English football is open to debate. Traditionalists will always cite United vs. Liverpool as the most important game historically, with the two clubs winning far more major trophies than any other team in England.

Liverpool's revival under Jurgen Klopp, which has coincided with United's recent failure to compete for the biggest honours, has seen their games with City become some of the most eagerly-anticipated. And Silva admits that there are now many fixtures in the Premier League which are a challenge for City.

"Liverpool are doing really well," he said. "But Chelsea are in top form as well at the moment and then if you look just behind them you've got the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham.

"I know Unai Emery personally and I know that's he going to get the absolute best that he can out of that squad of players, he's a top manager.

"United are a little bit off pace maybe, but they have always had a great side and they still have a great team now and I'm sure that, come the end of the season, they won't be too far away."