PEP GUARDIOLA admits it is Mission Impossible convincing David Silva to stay at Manchester City.
The 34-year-old’s decade of success at the Etihad comes to an end this summer.
The Spaniard has won four Premier League titles during that period plus a host of other honours.
Despite his age, the veteran still continues to shine for the Cityzens.
And he produced another splendid display on Wednesday as City defeated Bournemouth 2-1.
Both fans and his boss Guardiola would love to keep him for at least another 12 months.
However, all attempts to convince him to stay have failed.
Guardiola said: “He has decided to leave, he has said many times.
“I think he wants to finish after 10 seasons here.”
Silva scored a free-kick to break the deadlock against the Cherries before setting up Gabriel Jesus for the second, match-winning strike.
Guardiola added: “He’s been in incredible top form since we came back from the lockdown.
“He played another exceptional game and scored again, two times in a row a fantastic goal.
“Hopefully he comes back for a farewell game that he more than deserves and he can find a place for the last years of his career.”
Silva is now hoping to finish his City career with two more medals in his trophy cabinet.
He agreed a short-term extension to feature in the Champions League next month.
And he is expected to start when City face Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday.
He has been linked with a return to Valencia and a switch to the States to join an MLS side.