David Silva, Manchester City’s Key Piece, Is Now More Valuable Than Ever

MANCHESTER, England — A few weeks ago, before Manchester City’s serene season hit unexpected turbulence, David Silva ran into the parents of the club’s bright midfield hope, Phil Foden, after yet another routine Premier League win. Silva is, both in private and in public, a quiet soul. He does not court the limelight — he consents to only one regular […]

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At Manchester City, Uncommon Greatness. But at What Cost?

MANCHESTER, England — The problem with Manchester City, as Arsène Wenger saw it, was not simply that it possessed an apparently bottomless well of wealth. It was that City was smart, too. “Petrol and ideas,” as Wenger, the former Arsenal manager, put it. “Money and quality.” Wenger, of course, spent much of his career railing against soccer’s inexorable drift into […]

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