While he might not be a Manchester City player for much longer, David Silva is still a part of Pep Guardiola’s plans for the coming month, as the Premier League club continue their quest to win the Champions League.
The Spaniard will officially leave the club once his small Covid-19 contract extension comes to an end, and despite many clubs fighting over the 34-year-old, it’s Lazio who appear to have come out on top.
Gazzetta dello Sport report as much on Friday, claiming Silva is ‘ready to say yes’ to the Italian club, deciding on Thursday to ‘accept the project’ they have placed in front of him.
This is seen as yet another ‘coup’ for Igli Tare, their director of football, having worked ‘in great secret’ on the deal with Pep Guardiola, whom he knows from their playing days together at Brescia.
Initially wanting €5m/year, David Silva’s wage at Lazio will be somewhere around €3.5m/year that can reach €4m with bonuses, but it’s the benefits offered by the Italian club that really made the difference.
Gazzetta explain the Serie A side put a private jet at the midfielder’s disposal so he can ‘periodically’ go see his family in Spain, as well as a flat ‘right in the middle’ of the city, between Piazza di Spagna and Piazza Venezia.
In the end, Silva was ‘intrigued’ by the idea of playing in Italy, and was ‘captured by the charm of Rome’.