Man City icon David Silva ‘to be offered lucrative deal in Qatar’ in bid to boost nation’s profile before 2022 World Cup – The Sun

MANCHESTER CITY legend David Silva will be offered a lucrative package to join Qatari side Al-Duhail this summer, according to reports.

The Spaniard is set to be out-of-contract at the end of the season, having announced that this would be the last of his ten wondrous seasons at the Etihad Stadium.

 David Silva is set to receive a lucrative offer from Qatari side Al-Duhail
David Silva is set to receive a lucrative offer from Qatari side Al-DuhailCredit: EPA

And there are no shortage of potential suitors for the 34-year-old – who has proven as City’s skipper this season that he most definitely has still got it.

One such mooted destination has been David Beckham’s Inter Miami.

But according to The Mirror, Al-Duhail are ready to blow all other teams “out of the water” with a mind-blowing financial package ready to attract the soon-to-be free agent.

The Qatari Stars League is not short of cash, and its teams are hoping to acquire star names in order to boost the profile of its country’s domestic game with the 2022 World Cup just around the corner.

And Silva, who has laid on seven assists in 19 Premier League appearances this season, would most definitely fit the bill.

At Al-Duhail he would be joining former Juventus trio Mario Mandzukic, Mehdi Benatia and Han Kwang-song.

And he would also be set for a special reunion with former Spain team-mate Xavi, who now manages league rivals Al-Sadd having retired from playing last year.

Silva is considered by some to be City’s greatest ever player having won 14 trophies, including four league titles, since his 2010 £26million move to Eastlands from Valencia.

But David is going to leave this season and we are not going to buy any player in his position because we have Phil.

Pep Guardiola

El Mago has made 424 appearances for City, but boss Pep Guardiola has already confirmed that City will not be spending a penny to replace him when he eventually departs… instead preferring to promote from within.

He said: “Phil [Foden] is an incredible player but he still has things to improve. Sometimes it takes time to understand exactly what he has to do, sometimes you have to be patient.

 Silva would join former Spain team-mate Xavi in the Qatari Stars League
Silva would join former Spain team-mate Xavi in the Qatari Stars LeagueCredit: Getty – Contributor

“But David is going to leave this season and we are not going to buy any player in his position because we have Phil.

“We trust Phil. If we didn’t believe in him, we might go to the market to replace David, but we have Phil.”

Before he goes, however, Silva will be hoping to add two more medals to his considerable haul, with City still fighting for FA Cup and Champions League glory.

 Al-Duhail have already made some ambitious acquisitions - including Mehdi Benatia
Al-Duhail have already made some ambitious acquisitions – including Mehdi BenatiaCredit: AFP or licensors
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