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Celta Vigo midfielder Denis Suarez: If I'd stayed with Man City...

Celta Vigo midfielder Denis Suarez has explained his decision to leave Manchester City.

Denis left City for Barcelona as a young player.

He recalled to the Athletic: "I was at City for two years. They wanted me to renew but I preferred to go to Barcelona. Nobody knows what would have happened.

“Maybe if I had stayed, I would be playing regularly there, but I took that decision to go to Barcelona and it was the right one for me because I played a lot of games for their first team.

“And to train with Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta… brutal. Leo is the best. Andres is an example for me. I couldn't wait to learn from them and play with them, Messi trains how he plays. He loves to win: in every session, he has to win.

“But at City, I trained with David Silva and he is right up there. You guys in England fully appreciate Silva's brilliance but in Spain I am not sure everyone realises how amazing he has been. Silva has reached the heights of Xavi and Iniesta. I cannot speak with authority about City's entire history but Silva has, without question, been City's best player for the past decade."

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