David Silva, who is set to leave Manchester City, has explained why he rejected Spanish giants Real Madrid on numerous occasions.
Silva began his football career in his hometown, Gran Canaria, where he revealed he was monitored by Los Blancos.
The 34-year-old has enjoyed a glittering career with the Spanish national side and Man City, but maybe he could have had more success had he not turned Los Blancos.
"I visited Real Madrid as a young player, but my father was against a move to Madrid when I was so young," Silva said in City's 'Made in Gran Canaria' documentary, as quoted by Manchester Evening News.
"He told them they would have to monitor me for my home team, San Fernando, in Gran Canaria."
"After that, I did not go back again."
"They would call year after year, but I would not go."
"I stayed with my home team, and then moved on to Valencia."
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