Footballer David Silva tests positive for coronavirus after arriving in Spain

The former Manchester City ace tested positive this week, his new club Real Sociedad confirmed.

Silva, 34, who left Manchester City at the end of this season after 10 years with the club, flew into San Sebastian to join his new club when he tested positive.

Real Sociedad, the club he has joined, tested him twice in 72 hours where he came up positive both times and he is now in self-isolation.

The club, based in the Basque country, said in an official statement on Monday: “Real Sociedad informs that David Silva has tested positive for PCR that he spent this (Monday) morning at the Gipuzkoa Polyclinic.

“This is the second test that the new Real player has passed in the last 72 hours, the first took place on Friday in Las Palmas and the result had been negative.

“David Silva travelled yesterday on a regular flight to Bilbao and arrived in San Sebastian at night. He passed the second test that (Monday) morning, as required by the return-to-activity protocol, and the result was positive.”

The Spaniard, a former World Cup and European Championship winner, is now said to be recovering at home.

Silva’s new teammate Mikel Oyarzabal has also contracted the virus and was replaced in Luis Enrique’s Spain squad by Villarreal forward Gerard Moreno.

Spain face Germany in their Nations League opener in Stuttgart on Thursday, before hosting Ukraine three days later.

The 2020/21 La Liga campaign gets underway on September 12th.


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