David Silva’s glorious Man City send-off could be thwarted by coronavirus crisis

Manchester City's plans to give David Silva the send-off he deserves could be thwarted by the coronavirus crisis.

Silva, 34, will leave the Etihad when his contract expires at the end of the season after giving the Blues a decade of incredible service.

Sunday Mirror Sport understands the Spanish midfielder has not yet approached City bosses about the prospect of staging a testimonial to mark his time at the club.

But he is certain to be given permission for a money-spinning celebration of his 10 years in Manchester if he decides that is how he wants to say goodbye.

The Premier League champions were in the process of organising their own tribute to Silva when the covid-19 pandemic put the remainder of the season in serious doubt.

His last game at the Etihad was scheduled to be the clash with Norwich City on May 17.

But there is a chance of that game now being played behind closed doors – if at all.

If the season is cancelled then City will look at alternative ways of saying goodbye to a player who will now arguably be remembered as the greatest to ever grace the Sky Blue shirt.

Silva arrived in Manchester from Valencia for £26million in the summer of 2010 after helping Spain lift the World Cup in South Africa.

Within 12 months he had helped City end their 35-year wait for a trophy when they won the FA Cup – and was also a key player as Roberto Mancini's men qualified for the Champions League for the first time.

Silva has collected four Premier League title medals, five League Cup medals and lifted the FA Cup for the second time when he opened the scoring in last season's 6-0 romp over Watford at Wembley.

He also found the target for Spain in the final of Euro 2012 as he won his second European Championship.

Silva is being touted for a move to the MLS after leaving City, with David Beckham's newly-formed Inter Miami one potential destination.

But the man from Gran Canaria will always have a special place in the hearts of City fans.

Many would argue that he has eclipsed England midfielder Colin Bell as the club's greatest player.

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