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Manchester City: David Silva as great as Paul Scholes, says Tony Cascarino

Manchester City: David Silva as great as Paul Scholes, says Tony Cascarino

‘Pure class’ – Tony Cascarino compares Manchester City star to United legend

Former footballer Tony Cascarino has lauded the career of Manchester City’s David Silva, suggesting that the Spaniard be regarded as one of the game’s greats.

Cascarino believes that Silva should be afforded more appreciation with the midfielder racking up a tenth year at City – during which he has become a league champion on four occasions.

Back in June, the 33-year-old announced his intention to leave the club at the end of the current campaign, calling it the ‘perfect time’ to bring his City career to a close.

Former Chelsea player Cascarino thinks Silva’s career is on a par with that of Manchester United hero Paul Scholes – and feels that he should be mentioned in the same breath as the ex-United and England maestro as he prepares to call time on his City spell.

Writing in The Times, Cascarino said: “David Silva is such a delight to watch. He hit 400 appearances for Manchester City yesterday and he has very rarely failed to deliver. We praise the former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes as one of the greats, but Silva is at that level — pure class. We should enjoy him before he leaves City at the end of the season.”

Comparisons to Scholes don’t seem too far-fetched, despite the United man amassing almost treble the amount of league titles as Silva throughout his own trophy-laden career.

However, Silva could boast a hat-trick of international titles, including back-to-back European Championship triumphs.

Silva’s City are also on the verge of emulating Scholes’ United side that won a trio of consecutive league titles, which suggests City are on a similar path of dominance to that United team in the English game – especially after they secured a treble of their own last season.

Though given Silva has notched almost double the amount of assists (132) as Scholes (67) in his City career alone, his value in the modern game, at least, is arguably up for little discussion.

So despite the rivalry between the two sides, there are certainly grounds for debate as Silva attempts to finish his career in the blue half of Manchester on a high.

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