David Silva has been confirmed as the new Manchester City captain, taking over from the departed Vincent Kompany.
The Belgian left for Anderlecht at the end of last season, and now the Spaniard will lead the team for the coming season, before leaving at the end of the season.
Confirming the news, manager Pep Guardiola paid a glowing tribute to his new team leader, saying he 'will be a good captain'.
He further revealed that the 33-year-old was elected by team-mates, and will be supported by vice-captains Fernandinho, Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero.
"A captain has to be what he is," the City manager said ahead of his side beginning their quest for a third consecutive Premier League title at West Ham. "It's incredible, big respect from his mates. The decision they have to take is the best thing for the club.
"David has to be himself, make decisions for the team. Normally, it depends on what the captain is like when [in] the locker room. They are nice guys, they know each other, they laugh a lot. It will not be a problem. He will be a good captain,"
The Spanish playmaker has been an integral part of the City team since joining from Valencia in 2010, winning 10 major trophies during that time.
He will, however, leave the club at the end of 2019-20, having announced that at the end of last season.
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