The veteran midfielder returned to Spain this summer after a trophy-filled decade in the Premier League with a free transfer to Real Sociedad
The 34-year-old left Pep Guardiola’s side after his contract expired in the summer and joined Sociedad in mid-August despite reports that he was about to move to Lazio.
However, the midfielder has failed to bottom out in his homeland as the more physical side of the game, learned in England, where he played for City over 400 times, turns out to be a habit that gets him into trouble.
“I played four games with Real Sociedad and was booked twice,” he said The times . “I think I may have a problem with the referees and will have to get used to it again!”
However, he said he faced similar problems when he joined the club from Valencia in 2010.
“I came from the World Cup and barely made it through the preseason,” he added. “When I got there, I saw the football pass so quickly. Everything flew over me and there was no break. I felt overwhelmed in a few moments.
“I prefer to isolate myself with my people and not listen to the noise, but there are some comments that come to your ears and I could hear, ‘This Spaniard won’t make it here. ‚
“After ten years I am very proud to have turned the tables on this. When I take stock of my time, I think my pocket is very full. Full of good memories, love, friends and trophies. I can’t be. ”Happier about that. ”
Silva admits he’s surprised how he loved Manchester.
“To be honest, I could never have dreamed that Manchester left that mark on me and I certainly would not have told you that I set foot in England on the first day,” he said. “My feeling was like, ‘Where am I going?’ It was summer and it was cloudy and very cold – well, a normal day in Manchester, you know.
“Back then, City wasn’t the giant it is today. It was kind of a familiar and close association and I felt very comfortable. It’s a bit like I am. I loved it and it made everything easier.
“There is still something of that day, some employers who keep the same, but we grew up as a club. The fans and the people involved know where the club came from. ”
Silva’s next mission at Sociedad is a league game against Real Betis on Sunday. His team got eight points from five games and is in third place.
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