Real Madrid had a chance to sign David Silva. But they turned him down because he didn’t have the ‘star quality’.
Silva is a ‘legendary’ midfielder from Spain메이저놀이터. He’s not the most physically imposing player at 5’10”, but he has good footwork for a Spaniard and is one of the best in the world at breaking down pressure. He’s also well-balanced, so he’s hard to beat, and his vision and passing are excellent.
He started his career at Valencia. He progressed through loan spells at Eibar and Celta Vigo before breaking into the first team in the 2006-07 season. In that season, he scored nine goals and provided five assists in 51 games, including cup competitions, to become a ‘key player’, and in 2009-10, shortly before his move to Manchester City, he reached career highs with 10 goals and 11 assists in 40 games, including cup competitions.
Then, in 2010, Silva left for ‘newcomers’ City. But before going to City, he had a chance to move to Real. “In 2010, Florentino Perez, Real’s president, tried to sign Silva for £30 million (about $492 million),” according to the British publication The Sun.
According to The Sun, which cited The Athletic, Peres even approached him after the Valencia game and told him to pack his bags. Silva was later photographed with Pérez’s nephew and the possibility of a move to Real grew.
However, the transfer never happened. Real first rejected Silva’s offer. The reason was simple: they didn’t see the “star quality” in him. “After studying Silva’s character, Real decided he didn’t have what it takes to be a star at the Santiago Bernabeu,” according to The Sun.
In the end, Silva went to Man City, not Real, and became such a “star” and “legend” that he has a statue in front of the Etihad Stadium. 60 goals and 106 assists in 309 games in the English Premier League (EPL). In 436 games for Man City, 77 goals and 140 assists. He also scored 35 goals in 125 appearances for Spain, and is still going strong at Real Sociedad in his later years.