Denis Suarez believes he could have earned a regular role had he stayed at Manchester City, but has no regrets at having taken the decision to head for Barcelona in 2013 and take in “brutal” training sessions alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta.
Those at the Etihad Stadium bought into the potential of a ball-playing midfielder when acquiring him from Celta Vigo in 2011.
Just two competitive appearances were taken in for City before heading home to link up with Barca.
Suarez told 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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