Guardiola wants Silva to sign on

‘I did my best to make things right with Atletico’ – Griezmann

Pep Guardiola is eager to see David Silva sign an extension to his current contract with Manchester City.

The 31-year-old former Valencia midfielder is enjoying a new, more central role for City this season, who lead the Premier League table by five points ahead of rivals Manchester United.

While he has scored just once in 17 matches this season, Silva has eight league assists.

The Spain international, who moved to Eastlands in 2010 after loans spells with Eibar and Celta, has made 323 appearances for the club, scoring 52 goals.

He signed a five-year contract extension with City in August 2015, and recently said he would love to achieve a decade at the club.

Speaking ahead of facing Southampton on Wednesday, Guardiola said: "When he can finally sign the contract we'll be so happy.

"The club needs players who've played here for a long time to help players like Phil Foden in the future.

"What I like the most about David – being a guy who's a bit serious in his life, a little bit shy – is how competitive he is, and aggressive, in winning duels, when normally he is a guy more about technique and the pass."