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Saturday 24 August 2019

City squad vote Silva in as captain

Manchester City's David Silva
Manchester City's David Silva

David Silva has been named as the new club captain of Premier League champions Manchester City.

Manager Pep Guardiola has announced the veteran Spanish playmaker, who is now in his final season at the club, came out top in a vote held by the squad.

The 33-year-old will take over from the long-serving Vincent Kompany, who left the club at the end of last season.

Silva had been the favourite after taking the armband for the majority of City's pre-season games, as well as the Community Shield, but Guardiola wanted the whole squad to make a decision after returning to training.

Guardiola, who added that Fernandinho, Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero will also be part of a leadership group, said: "David Silva will be our captain. He's been one decade here, he knows the club, he knows the Premier League. He has big respect from his mates.

"The decision taken was the best for the club. He will be a good captain."

City learned this week that winger Leroy Sane had suffered a serious knee injury and will undergo surgery next week to repair a damaged anterior cruciate ligament.

Guardiola is expecting the German, who limped off against Liverpool at Wembley last Sunday, to miss most of the campaign.

However, Ilkay Gundogan has signed a new four-year contract with City.

The German midfielder, who had just entered the final year of his previous deal, is now committed to the club until 2023.

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