Manchester City midfielder David Silva has paid tribute to hospital staff in Spain after his six-month-old son Mateo was finally allowed home.
Silva’s young child has required round-the-clock treatment since his premature birth late last year.
The 32-year-old was allowed to make regular visits to Valencia during the second half of City’s record-breaking campaign to see his hospital-bound son.
David Silva’s young son has required round-the-clock treatment since his premature birth
‘We will be eternally grateful for the amazing team… (at) the Hospital Casa de Salud,’ he said
But as father and son were allowed to head home on Tuesday, the midfielder thanked the doctors and nurses who had looked after Mateo.
‘We’re finally going home,’ Silva wrote on Instagram.
‘We will be eternally grateful for the amazing team of the pediatric maternity and ICU units of the Hospital Casa de Salud for the professionalism and human treatment that have shown us these five long months… Just thank you!’
Silva was a notable absentee as his victorious City team-mates enjoyed an open-top bus parade through the streets of Manchester on Monday night.
On Tuesday Silva said he and Mateo are heading home after ‘five long months’ of treatment
But the midfielder sent a video message from hospital in which he thanked supporters and heaped praise on Pep Guardiola for allowing him to look after his son.
‘I want to apologise for not being able to celebrate the title with you today. I want to say thank you to the fans, my team-mates, the staff, club and especially to the manager for understanding my situation. You are a top human being, I will be in your debt forever so thank you very much,’ he said.
The Spain international also heaped praise on departing midfielder Yaya Toure, adding: ‘I want to say something to Yaya. I told you the other day it was a pleasure to play with you my friend.
‘I can tell my son I played with the best African footballer ever so I wish you the best of luck.’
‘I can tell my son I played with the best African footballer ever,’ SIlva told the Ivory Coast star