Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola saluted veteran playmaker David Silva after the Spaniard rolled back the years in a 5-0 demoltion of Newcastle at the Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola saluted veteran playmaker David Silva after the Spaniard rolled back the years in a 5-0 demolition of Newcastle at the Etihad Stadium.
The 34-year-old, who will leave the club this summer after ten glorious years at City scored one, had an assist in two and was involved in another.
"What he has done is incredible, fantastic," said Guardiola. "Not just for the game today, for the last 10 years.
"What we want is for the people to come back to the Etihad for a game for him as one of the legends of the club.
"He came back from lockdown in incredible rhythm. If he decided to, he could play anywhere. There's no doubt about that.
"The win puts Pep Guardiola's side a point away from guaranteeing Champions League football next season if their two-year Uefa ban is overturned by the court of sport arbitration on Monday.
Silva set up Gabriel Jesus for a simple tap-in after neat interplay with the blossoming Phil Foden.
City doubled their lead with a carbon copy of the opener but this time it was Riyad Mahrez who found the target after a Kevin De Bruyne cut-back.
Newcastle didn't need to gift their hosts a goal but they did just the same with Matt Ritchie's attempted clearance from the boot of Silva glancing off team-mate Fernandes and looping into the corner of the net.
Captain fantastic Silva added a fourth floating a delicious free-kick into the top corner leaving keeper Martin Dubravka rooted to the spot.
The PA announcer was in the process of telling the sparse audience that Silva had notched his 150th goal or assist of his City career just as he made it 151 by providing sub Raheem Sterling with an added time tap-in.
By Russell Stoddart
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