Manchester City are confident David Silva will ink a short-term contract extension and complete the season with the club, sources told Rob Dawson of ESPN.
The Spaniard’s current deal is set to expire on June 30. Reports last month suggested he was in talks with Valencia about a potential return to La Liga.
With the Premier League campaign all but guaranteed to extend beyond June 30 due to the pandemic-induced work stoppage, Silva is one of many players in contract limbo.
FIFA has already said that clubs can extend deals that were set to expire in order to see out the 2019-20 campaign, but teams and their players must agree to terms on an individual basis.
Silva, 34, is willing to stay at the Etihad primarily because Manchester City still have a chance to win this season’s Champions League, Dawson added. The coveted European title is the major piece of silverware missing from Silva’s decorated trophy cabinet.
City’s season was halted in the middle of their last-16 clash with Real Madrid; the English side claimed a 2-1 win in Spain in the first leg of the tie. It’s unclear when – or if – the second leg will take place.
Silva has made more than 400 appearances since arriving in Manchester from Valencia in 2010.