Man City legend in demand – two Japanese clubs now in the race for midfielder

David Silva, who is entering the final season of his stellar Manchester City career, has had at least two clubs express an interest in signing him in the summer. These are the Japanese J1 League sides Consadole Sapporo and Vissel Kobe, reports Calciomercato as relayed by Sport Witness.

Silva confirmed in June that this would be his final year in English football. The thirty-three year old, who has been honoured with the captain’s armband for his final season, will thus call an end to his decade of service to Manchester City.

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An inevitable clamour to secure the services of such a high-profile star has followed. So far, moves to the MLS, Turkey and Japan have all been mooted. Calciomercato have now appeared to substantiate the interest of Japanese teams Consadole Sapporo and Vissel Kobe.

The latter must be the favourites to land the playmaker’s signature. Kobe already boast a trio of Spanish stars in their side: Andres Iniesta, David Villa and Sergi Samper. Another former Barcelona player, Thomas Vermaelen, also plays for the club. On the other hand, the only player on Sapporo’s books familiar to most will be ex-Cardiff City striker Jay Bothroyd. It is fair to assume that Silva will be more interested in a reunion with his former Spanish teammates, Iniesta and Villa.

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Whichever club Silva decides to continue his career with, his departure will be viewed with sadness by all Manchester City fans. He will undoubtedly be regarded as one of Manchester City’s greatest ever players; and arguably the best playmaker to have graced the Premier League. His mesmeric abilities, consistency and humility have made the Spaniard a player whose popularity often transcends club rivalries.

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