The World Cup winner will call time on his career in England in the summer of 2020, which will mark a decade of terrorising Premier League defenders, and he’ll undoubtedly leave a hole in Pep Guardiola’s star-studded squad.
But, according to the man himself, his replacement is already at the Etihad in the shape of English youngster Foden.
The 19-year-old has already established himself as a first-team regular at his boyhood club, and now it seems Silva reckons he has all the traits to become a truly elite footballer.
Speaking at a press conference earlier today, via SportBible, Silva explained: “I’m sure he’s going to be a fantastic player. He’s a very nice man and he will be a good replacement for me.
“Apart from his natural skills, he’s a very competitive person. He always wants to win and that makes a very good footballer.
“When you’re young, you always ask people with experience. I’ve given him lots of advice, like how to move on the pitch. He’s taken the information in and he’s getting better day by day.
“He reminds me of myself when I was young – especially how he is as a person. He’s very quiet but always there, competing. He hates losing.
“The best advice I can give him is always stay calm. Whatever happens in football, the highs and lows, always keep calm.”
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