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Guardiola to back Silva's plan to stay on with Spain

David Silva's vow to continue playing international football beyond the World Cup has the full support of Man City boss Pep Guardiola.

There are reports the City and Spain midfielder could call it quits after the tournament in Russia, in a bid to prolong his club career at the Etihad.

The brilliant 32-year-old, however, has insisted he will continue to represent his country for as long as his legs can live with the demands and he is still wanted.

City insiders, though, have revealed Guardiola does expect Silva next term to have reduced playing time, if only to keep him fresh for the bigger fixtures which will invariably lie ahead.

It's understood Silva is in the loop on that after a series of recent chats with his manager, who would never put any extra pressure on the City legend to choose between representing his country and his club career.

Silva penned an extension earlier this year which will keep him with the Citizens until the end of the 2020 campaign, and Guardiola is convinced the playmaker can be effective well into his thirties if he continues to manage his body and avoid serious injury.

The pair work on mutual trust and have formed a close bond after the City boss allowed Silva to regularly return to Spain earlier this year following the extremely premature birth of his son, Matteo, who is now healthy and at home.

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