Real Sociedad signs David Silva

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David Silva has joined Real Sociedad as a free agent on a two-year deal after his Manchester City contract expired.

Lazio were confident of reaching an agreement to sign Silva, according to Sky in Italy, and offered the 34-year-old a three-year deal worth €10m a year.

However, the Spaniard has opted to join Sociedad – who finished sixth in La Liga last season – a decade after he swapped Valencia for Manchester City.

The midfielder left City after 10 seasons at the club, where he won 11 major honours including four Premier League titles.

The 34-year-old bowed out after City’s Champions League exit to Lyon on Saturday, coming off the bench in the 3-1 quarter-final defeat.

City announced on Monday Silva will be honoured with a statue outside the Etihad Stadium in recognition of his service.

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