Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was mentioned David Silva when the Manchester City midfielder was at Valencia [Spanish Club], but Silva was too costly to bring to Barcelona.
The Spain International is considered one of the best players in Manchester City's history, having transferred to the English Premier League club from Valencia in 2010, when current Paris Saint-Germain [PSG] manager Unai Emery was in charge of the La Liga kit.
The former Bayern Munich manager [Guardiola], who was at Barcelona, revealed that the PSG manager Emery had recommended David Silva to him but the Catalans could not make the finances work on the deal.
"I remember when I was at Barcelona and the first or second year I was there, Unai Emery was there and after the game he said, 'David Silva is the player for you, for Barcelona. Believe me that is a Barcelona player,'" Pep Guardiola told reporters.
"And he was so right. He's a special player. It's not [just] about the quality.
"Always I said to him, 'You have to score goals!' Because if Silva scored goals he would have been something you cannot even imagine. He has absolutely everything with mentality, he's a competitor and everything.
"Hopefully we can help him to be a better player still. I would like to feel that it is not enough what he has done and he can believe he can do better for his own career but big congratulations because what he has achieved here in England with his own quality is not easy. That's why he has to be so, so happy with that.
"He was so expensive, so expensive."