Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has confirmed that David Silva will not start as many games next season as he begins to ease him out of the club.

Guardiola confirmed, at his press conference on Friday, that Silva will not feature as frequently as this season despite showing no signs of his quality decreasing throughout the course of this campaign.

The 32-year-old has started every game he has been available for barring one substitute appearance. However, personal issues off the field have enabled Silva to receive a much-needed rest when required – something that everyone would wish could occur under different circumstances.

“Next season, David maybe will not play every game, that’s why the squad has to be big,” Guardiola said.

“He’s played more due to his absence, more energy in the legs. The decisions are taken day by day, and it is what it is.”

Silva has been a significant factor in City’s dominance over Premier League rivals and contributed with eight goals and eleven assists in twenty-five games.

Despite showing little signs of a demise in his playing style, Guardiola still believes next season will see the beginning of the end for Silva’s City career.

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