Pep guarded about Silva role

04 January 2018 00:05:25 GMTPlus11

Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola has warned that midfield playmaker David Silva could be absent again in the near future due to family matters.

Spain international Silva recently missed Premier League games against both Newcastle United and Crystal Palace, but was back in the fold for the 3-1 win at Watford on Tuesday evening.

It doesn't matter if we get no points while he is away - family is most important.

David Silva

However, Guardiola is aware that he may be without his compatriot again shortly and says he has no problem with Silva having to put personal matters first.

He told reporters: "Family is most important. You can see how essential David is to us, but I don't know how long he will be here.

"He is free to go home again if he needs to. It doesn't matter if we get no points while he is away - family is most important."

Silva has been with the Citizens for well over seven years, having signed from Valencia for £26million in the summer of 2010. He has since racked up more than 300 appearances in all competitions, helping City to win the League, Cup two FA Cups and two Premier League titles.

Meanwhile, striker Sergio Aguero has stated that he is happy to remain with the Citizens as long as they want him, with his current contract running until 2020.

He added: "The truth is that I hope to see out my contract and I'll try to do my best from here until the end of the season - after that we will see what happens with me.

"Obviously my plan is not to change clubs. The truth is I'm very happy here, but, as always, the club has the last word."

Aguero is available at 5.50 to be the leading goalscorer in the Premier League this season, with Tottenham's Harry Kane priced at 1.33 and Liverpool ace Mohamed Salah 7.00.

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