David Silva has left Spain

David Silva has left Spain

David Silva has left Spain

He also clinched two European Championship titles in 2008 and 2012 with Spain.

"It is not easy, after everything I have experienced, to sit down and write this letter".

The Spain global has been an integral part of City's success, scoring 61 goals and providing 115 assists in 346 appearances to help the club win three league titles, an FA Cup and three League Cups since his arrival 2010.

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"Without a doubt it's been one of the most hard choices of my career, which I make with gratitude and humility. Finish an era filled with emotion and many moments that I will never forget", wrote Silva on his page on "Twitter".

"I lived and dreamed with a team that will forever be remembered".

On Monday, the 32-year-old released a statement confirming that his glittering career for La Roja is officially over - as well as paying tribute to Luis Aragones, the coach who gave him his first chance with the national team. And of course, the fans who have always given me their support and respect every time I wore the Spain shirt.

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Silva made his global debut in November 2006 and went on to amass 125 caps over the course of 12 years, scoring 35 times for La Roja, a total that places him fourth on the all-time list for his country behind Fernando Torres, Raúl and David Villa.

"Thank you - and good luck forever!"

Aragones - mentioned in Silva's emotional retirement message - led Spain to the Euros in 2008 but passed away at the age of 75 in 2014.

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Silva follows Barcelona stalwart Gerard Piqué in deciding to leave the Spanish national team this summer, as well as Piqué's former club teammate Andrés Iniesta, now of Japanese side Vissel Kobe.

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