Silva sees Man City progress under Guardiola in trophyless campaign


City edged the win that strengthens their hopes of third place and automatic qualification for the Champions League thanks to referee Robert Madley's controversial decision to disallow Riyah Mahrez's "two-touch" penalty which would have given Leicester a deserved equaliser.

"It was unbelievable, very lovely, unforgettable and a big mark in the Club's history after a long period of waiting", Silva said.

City boss Guardiola said: "Nine years here - to replace that you need a guy that stays nine years here".

"There are clubs who have already qualified for next season's Champions League, but for Yaya, Manchester City is a very special club".

The Sky Blues have confirmed what has long thought would be the case, that club stalwart and fan favourite Zabaleta will not have his contract extended beyond this year and will be leaving come the close of the season, with Tuesday night's clash against West Brom his last home appearance. That's why Pablo Zabaleta, in these kind of things, is so, so important.

"Then trophies arrived. First, it was the FA Cup and then this Premier League that helped us to achieve all we had achieved later".

The futures of Toure and five other players coming to the end of their contracts - Willy Caballero, Bacary Sagna, Gael Clichy, Jesus Navas and Tosin Adarabioyo - are likely to be decided after the Premier League season finishes next weekend.

The Spain midfielder has been one of Pep Guardiola's most consistent performers this season and was once again voted man of the match by the City Matchday app users after the 2-1 win over Leicester on Saturday.

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Guardiola must decide whether to recall his 31-goal leading scorer Sergio Aguero to the starting line-up, having caused something of a surprise by naming him only as a substitute on Saturday.

He was one of the first players to come here. Especially the next one at home in front of our own fans because I think they deserve it.

"It was a slow start to the season but we picked up and it's been a fantastic journey and a fantastic ride", said Pulis.

"We are trying to improve week by week, training session by training session".

"Now what I want are more trophies for the club".

'For me, we couldn't let people say something like that about us.

And he says he is proud to have played his part in City's huge transformation - particularly in the way they have been more successful than rivals Manchester United in recent years.