Manchester City have planned to create a statue honouring David Silva and his decorated career at the club as he plans a return to Spain.
Silva has joined Real Sociedad on a two-year contract, with the 34-year-old playmaker heavily-linked to switch to Lazio.
The Serie A side reportedly offered the Spaniard a luxury home, private plane rides and £50,000-a-week ($A90,000) to tempt him to Italy.
But Sociedad surprised everyone by announcing the City legend was signing with them late on Monday night.
— David Silva (@21LVA) August 17, 2020
The transfer announcement comes hours after City announced plans to build a statue of Silva at the Etihad Stadium.
10 years on from his debut, Silva leaves after 436 appearances and 13 trophies with City.
“David is a transformational player, a quiet leader who has inspired everyone around him.” City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said.
“David’s statue will act as a lasting reminder of the wonderful moments that he gave us.”
The statue will be unveiled next year, along with another tribute dedicated to ex-City captain Vincent Kompany, who left the club last year.