Joe Hart has admitted he did not know who David Silva was when he joined Manchester City: “He was tiny, slow, only left-footed…”
Silva joined City from Valencia in a landmark €30m deal in the summer of 2010 but Hart – a former England international goalkeeper – was adamant he did not know who Silva was, despite him helping Spain to their first ever World Cup title just months earlier.
The playmaker has gone on to win 13 trophies across nine seasons with City including four Premier League titles, two FA Cup crowns and four League Cup titles too.
“When the wizard came over, I had no idea who he was,” Hart admitted, in quotes cited by Marca.
“He cost £25m, was tiny, slow, only left-footed and didn't even know his position.
“He seemed like a lovely guy, didn't really speak much English. He didn't take over straight away but his consistency and quality were through the roof.
“He was] just an all-round amazing player – there isn't one negative to him, other than he's small.'
“He could give an assist, score, have an amazing game, but if he walloped someone or won a header, he couldn't tell you enough.
“He genuinely had no interest in the good stuff, he just loved the fact every now and again he whacked someone.”