Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Silva Could Have Been at Barca, Not the Blues

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Silva Could Have Been at Barca, Not the Blues

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ONE of Pep Guardiola's greatest gifts to City came years before he took charge at the Etihad.

The Catalan was in the first half of his spell at Barcelona when he spoke with Valencia counterpart and new Arsenal boss Unai Emery after a La Liga game.

For Emery, there was no doubt his star midfielder David Silva was destined for greatness and, more specifically, the Nou Camp.

Guardiola did not disagree with his colleague, but was not blown away by the player's goalscoring record and the price was also a sticking point for the club.

"I remember when I was at Barcelona and the first or second year I was there, Unai Emery was there and after the game he said David Silva is the player for you, for Barcelona," Guardiola recalled.

"Believe me, that is a Barcelona player, and he was so right. …

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