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As David Silva kisses goodbye to Premier League, our wise men reflect on emotion of their last games

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Manchester City legend David Silva has been one of the Premier League’s greatest ever foreign imports. 

The Spaniard has enjoyed 10 successful years on these shores and will play in his final league game for City against Norwich this weekend.

As one of the modern-day great midfielders of the Premier League era prepares to bow out, Sportsmail’s columnists Jamie Redknapp, Martin Keown and Chris Sutton reflect on the emotion of playing their final games.

David Silva will bow out as a Man City legend after his final Premier League game this weekend

David Silva will bow out as a Man City legend after his final Premier League game this weekend

David Silva will bow out as a Man City legend after his final Premier League game this weekend

Jamie Redknapp – Southampton 1 Man Utd 2, May 15, 2005 

This wasn’t the best way to bow out as Southampton’s 27-year stay in the top flight came to an end. I played the full 90 and it felt like someone was sticking a knife in my knee. Deep down I suspected this was going to be my final game. 

I was only 31 but my knee was in such a state. Nevertheless, I was desperate to help Southampton. How could I let this club get relegated without giving my all?

So I had an injection and committed to playing through the pain. But looking back, I shouldn’t have. 

My dad was asked a month later about me retiring and told reporters I had to stop or I might lose the ability to walk. That’s how bad it was. It was a sad farewell to football for me. 

Jamie Redknapp said

Jamie Redknapp said

It was a sad farewell to football for Jamie Redknapp as he hung up his boots due to knee issues 

Chris Sutton – Aston Villa 0 Man Utd 3, December 23, 2006

It’s rare for a player to get to say goodbye the way he’d like. My last hurrah came in an Aston Villa shirt against a Manchester United side who went on to win the title. 

We lost 3-0, Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice and Paul Scholes scored that thunderous volley. This was in December and I’d only signed in October after an SOS call from Martin O’Neill. 

I was 33. But an elbow from Nemanja Vidic caught me in my right eye and it ended my career. 

There was nothing malicious in it and I’d had problems with my eyesight before but this brought back the blurred vision. I spoke to the doctors and that was it. It was far from the perfect ending.

Chris Sutton says an elbow from Nemanja Vidic ended his career as his sight went blurred

Chris Sutton says an elbow from Nemanja Vidic ended his career as his sight went blurred

Chris Sutton says an elbow from Nemanja Vidic ended his career as his sight went blurred

Martin Keown – Reading 1 Wolves 2, April 30, 2005

I’d had the perfect send-off at Arsenal. Aged 37, my last competitive game under Arsene Wenger was a 2-1 win over Leicester at Highbury in May 2004, the final fixture of our Invincibles season. On the way, the gaffer pulled me to the front of the coach. 

Wenger said some nice words and told the players this would be my final match. Two days later was my testimonial. I didn’t feel ready to retire so I joined Leicester for half a season, then moved to Reading. 

My final match was against Wolves in the Championship. There was no great fanfare or send-off. I’d had all that at Arsenal. It was just another game.

Martin Keown felt he had the perfect send-off at Arsenal despite ending his career at Reading

Martin Keown felt he had the perfect send-off at Arsenal despite ending his career at Reading

Martin Keown felt he had the perfect send-off at Arsenal despite ending his career at Reading

What Silva said…

‘When I look back at everything I have achieved, I could never have imagined it, even in my wildest dreams. I just want to say thank you to all the supporters, to the club, to the workers here at the club, because they have made my life much easier and I am grateful for that. I will be blue — blue for ever.’ 

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6pm Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Blues make £20m John Stones bid, Willian’s emotional goodbye message, Kai Havertz LATEST

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WILLIAN has confirmed he is leaving Chelsea, with Arsenal waiting in the wings for the Brazilian.

The attacker played no part in the Blues’ Champions League defeat by Bayen Munich which knocked them out of the competition.

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Man Utd set to let Tahith Chong join Werder Bremen on loan this transfer window, says Bundesliga chief

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MANCHESTER UNITED’s Tahith Chong could be heading to the Bundesliga with the club willing to let the winger join Werder Bremen on loan. 

Chong, 20, is reported to have had talks with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Friday, following his appearance in United’s Europa League game against LASK. 

Werder Bremen are reported to be keen on a signing Tahith Chong on loan ahead of next season

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Werder Bremen are reported to be keen on a signing Tahith Chong on loan ahead of next seasonCredit: AP:Associated Press

The Netherlands-born winger made a 25-minute appearance as a substitute during United’s 2-1 win against the Austrian club on Thursday. 


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And the Dutch Under-21 international, who’s made just nine appearances in the Europa and Premier Leagues, is keen to get more minutes under his belt. 

According to the Daily Mail, Bremen are eager to sign Chong on a two-year loan deal. 

However a loan fee and salary are reportedly yet to be finalised.

Werder sports director Frank Baumann said: “That we are in exchange is the case. We are in good talks. 

“Several parties are involved. Some things still have to be clarified and we have to agree. As of now, this is not the case.”

Tahith Chong signed a new contract with United in March to keep him at the club until June 2022

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Tahith Chong signed a new contract with United in March to keep him at the club until June 2022Credit: Getty Images – Getty

United are thought to be pressing ahead with plans to sign Dortmund star Jadon Sancho and Aston Villa skipper Jack Grealish. 

Should deals for both players go ahead, it is likely Chong could face an uphill struggle to get more game time at Old Trafford. 

The young Dutch winger is well thought of by Solskjaer, who backed the 20-year-old’s contract extension this year. 

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The new contract, signed in March, means Chong will remain with the club until June 2022. 

Other United players who are targets for Premiership and European sides include Diogo Dalot, Jesse Lingard, and Chris Smalling. 

Dalot is reported to have attracted interest from Everton while Newcastle United are rumoured to be keen on Lingard.

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6pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Willian CONFIRMS exit, Coutinho ‘AGREES personal terms’, Lacazette to Atletico

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But Mikel Arteta will have to sell to buy, with the likes of Matteo Guendouzi, Lucas Torreira, Shkodran Mustafi and Ainsley Maitland-Niles said to be in the firing line.

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