Silva Praises Guardiola For Showing Him Love During Family Crisis

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Manchester City midfielder, David Silva, has praised his manager Pep Guardiola for understanding his plight and supporting him following the premature birth of his son, Mateo. Mateo was born extremely premature in December last year and Silva missed four games over the busy festive period as a result. Speaking to The Daily Mirror, Silva, who has spent eight years at the club, said those months of flying back and forth between England and Spain to spend time with Mateo were the “toughest of his life.” “I have always been well treated by the club, but when Mateo was born prematurely I think it was the time when I realised just how much the club means to me,” said Silva. “It was Christmas. It was the busiest part of the season and I knew Pep needed me to play. “Yet Pep just said to me ‘look, there is nothing more important than your family. Take all the time you need to look after your son, your family and also yourself’. “In the worst moment of my life, Pep and the people at City showed me the kind of love that you can only appreciate when you have been in that kind of crisis.” The 32-year-old forward said it was exhausting watching his son battling to stay alive. “You just don’t expect to see your baby fighting for his life,” said Silva. “Looking back you wonder how you coped. I relied on the strength of my girlfriend and my family — and also my team-mates and my club. “Mateo was also a source of inspiration because of the way he fought. “I was flying from England to Spain, trying to be with my son, trying to train, going back to Manchester to play for City. “It goes without saying that the first few months after my son was born were the toughest of my life.” Silva, who says he will see out the remaining two years of his contract and then look to play elsewhere but not in England partly due to “the rain”, says his son is improving but it is too early to say if there is any long term damage.  
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