The Spaniard’s contract is set to expire at the end of next season, but his manager believes that a new deal is not far away

Pep Guardiola says he will “so happy” when David Silva eventually puts pen to paper on a new Manchester City contract.

Silva has been in talks over a fresh deal at the Etihad Stadium, with his current agreement set to expire at the end of next season.

The Spain international, who joined City from Valencia in 2010, spoke last month of his desire to make it a decade in Manchester and to achieve the ambition of winning the Champions League with the club.

There have been no updates on the situation since, but Guardiola is determined to keep hold of one of his most prized assets.

“What I like the most… he’s a bit serious, shy, how competitive he is. [He’s] aggressive in winning duels, more about technique. I admire him a lot,” said the City boss.

“He’s perfect for Spanish football, but here when it’s tough conditions… like [Joe] Hart, Yaya [Toure], [Vincent] Kompany, he’s a real legend for this club. What he’s done will be in the books in the future.

“I hope he’ll continue for the next years.

“He’ll be important, especially in the bad moments. I put a lot of attention on how players react in bad moments.

“David will always be there and that’s so important. We…

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