David Silva waved goodbye to his 10-year Premier League career at Manchester City at the weekend, with the Spaniard opting to let his contract run down at the Etihad.
The 34-year-old playmaker won four English titles during an outstanding stint in the Premier League, and was a firm favourite amongst City supporters – he could still add a Champions League this season, with City facing Real Madrid in their last-16 second-leg clash next week.
But where will the Spanish World Cup winner go next? With a host of different options on the table, Sportsmail takes a look at what direction Silva’s career could take…
David Silva waved goodbye to his career at Manchester City after a successful 10 years
Silva opted not to renew his contract at Pep Guardiola’s side and will move on to pastures new
A move to the MLS would not be a total shock, with many top players going stateside for the latter years of their career.
Silva’s former team-mate at both club and international level, David Villa, enjoyed great success at New York City FC, which is the American team within City Football Group.
However, Silva has most closely been linked with new MLS franchise Inter Miami, in what would represent a first marquee signing for the team owned by David Beckham.
Silva could become the first marquee signing for David Beckham’s MLS franchise, Inter Miami
Beckham is said to be a huge admirer of the midfielder and could be willing to make Silva one of the best-paid players in the league, should he move to Florida.
The Serie A side, who have qualified for the Champions League for the first time in 12 years, have reportedly opened talks about signing free agent Silva this summer.
Lazio sporting director Igli Tare has been scouring the market for a player capable of raising the level of experience in Simone Inzaghi’s team and Silva would be the perfect addition.
According to AS, an agreement between Silva and Lazio is very close to being struck with both sides keen to get a deal over the line.
Lazio sporting director Igli Tare is reportedly close to agreeing a deal for the 34-year-old
Lazio are currently the frontrunners, with the offer of a two-year deal said to be appeasing to Silva, who is still looking for regular game-time.
The Spanish playmaker would be added to an impressive midfield, which already boasts Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and ex-Liverpool duo Lucas Leiva and Luis Alberto.
A return to the club of his youth days and where he first broke through onto the European scene has been mooted, as recently as April.
The Spanish side, who this week named former Watford boss Javi Gracia as their new manager, have offered a three-year deal to their former playmaker, according to ESPN.
Silva made his first-team breakthrough at Valencia before signing for Manchester City in 2010
However, three months ago a deal was in doubt due to the effects of the coronavirus crisis, and with no European football next season after a lowly ninth-placed finish last season, it is not clear whether Valencia can raise the funds for Silva’s wages.
Then again, if the 34-year-old feels a sense of unfinished business at the Mestalla, the most romantic option could be on the cards in the coming weeks.
A more lucrative option no doubt, Silva has garnered interest from two clubs in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
Both Shabab Al-Ahli Club and Al-Nasr SC are reportedly interested in the 34-year-old, who would receive a large pay packet close to, if not more, than his salary at Manchester City.
Silva would experience a different lifestyle and footballing culture if he moved to Dubai, UAE
Should he move to the Middle East, Silva would find himself playing in the UAE Arabian Gulf League – his former Spain team-mate Alvaro Negredo played for Al-Nasr SC for two years, winning the UAE League Cup, before departing this year.
When it was first revealed last summer that Silva had no intention of renewing his contract at the Etihad, the man himself ruled out China as a destination, but fuelled speculation regarding a move to Segunda Division side Las Palmas.
‘Not China,’ said Silva. ‘I don’t know. My girlfriend decides for me!
‘I would love to finish my career here in Las Palmas but football changes. Who knows? It depends on the team and the players. I cannot come here to play in the Second Division with this team.’
However, as Silva said, he would not be prepared to drop down to the second division – where Las Palmas currently lie – and thus that option does seem unlikely at this point.
Silva made his final Premier League appearance in City’s 5-0 win against Norwich on Sunday