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Manchester City legend reveals why he rejected Real Madrid in 2010

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Former Manchester City and Real Sociedad midfielder David Silva has revealed why he rejected the chance to join Real Madrid in 2010, saying that he found the Man City sporting project really exciting.

In the summer of 2010, the then 24-year-old Silva moved from Valencia to join the Premier League side despite the fact that Real Madrid had shown interest as well.

For what it is worth, the attacking midfielder went on to spend 10 successful years with the Cityzens, making more than 400 appearances while scoring 77 goals. During his tenure, he won four Premier League titles and two FA Cups.

In a recent interview with Spanish publication AS, the now-retired midfielder revealed that the reason why he joined City back then was because they showed extreme confidence in him

“First because they bet heavily on me. I felt their trust and support from the first call between us,” he said. 

“Then because they actually told me in those conversations that the sporting project they were planning would be what it is in the end.”

What was the bigger picture?

David Silva was close to joining Real Madrid in 2010. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

Following the 2009-10 season, Real Madrid were heavily linked with Silva so much so that club president Florentino Perez vowed to see out the operation himself. He even asked for a report about the midfielder

Just as the agreement was on the verge of completion, the president withdrew from the deal, citing Silva’s failure to comply himself with the necessary dignity while donning the renowned white shirt.

As it turns out, the reason why Real Madrid decided not to go ahead with the signing of his drinking and partying lifestyle.

Be that as it may, the failed transfer did not have any repercussions as even Madrid won three La Liga, as many Copa del Rey and four UEFA Champions League titles between 2010 and 2020.

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Shocking Modric, Vinicius, Cristiano fact makes Real Madrid fans ‘feel old’

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Luka Modric is set to stay with Real Madrid for another season, meaning he will have played more seasons with Vinicius Jr. (7) than he did with Cristiano Ronaldo (6). 

Feeling old yet? We thought so too!

Modric joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2012 after four seasons with Tottenham Hotspur. On the other hand, Vinicius Jr. joined Real Madrid in 2018. 

By the end of the 2023/24 season, Modric and Vinicius will have spent six seasons together. This is the same number of seasons Modric played with Cristiano Ronaldo, who was at Madrid from 2009 to 2018. 

However, with Modric set to stay for another season, he will surpass that, playing more seasons with Vinicius than with Ronaldo, the club’s all-time top scorer.

A new contract for Modric

It is important to note that Real Madrid and Modric have reached an agreement in principle for his contract renewal for another year.

Luka Modric will stay at Real Madrid for another season. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

At 38, Modric’s contract was set to expire at the end of the current season. For a while, it seemed the Croatian star might leave Santiago Bernabeu this summer. 

However, things have changed recently, and Real Madrid have decided to offer him a new contract. 

Interestingly, Real Madrid have also offered a renewal to Toni Kroos with club president Florentino Perez personally involved in the negotiations.

Modric and Kroos will continue

Reports suggest that Modric has agreed to the new proposal, with an agreement in principle now in place. It is also expected that Kroos will accept his offer, meaning Real Madrid will keep both veteran players for another season.

The Croatian was reportedly willing to accept a pay cut and a reduced role in the team to continue playing for Real Madrid. This flexibility may have sped up the agreement process.

His willingness to adapt to a reduced role and accept a pay cut has likely influenced the club’s decision to renew his contract for one more year. 

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