David Silva opens up on struggles when son Mateo was born prematurely: ‘I didn’t sleep much, I wasn’t eating well… football was a really good escape’
David Silva has opened up on the most testing time of his life after his son was born five months prematurely last December.
There was nothing Silva could do while his son, Mateo, was in hospitla fighting for his life but hope for the best.
The Spaniard flew back and forth between England and Spain to see him, missing training, losing sleep and hardly eating.
David Silva has opened up on struggles he incurred during the premature birth of his son
Silva reveals he didn’t sleep or eat properly after Mateo’s birth, but his son is now healthy
‘It was really difficult,’ he said toBBC Sport.‘It was so tough, him being in hospital for so long. Besides, he was in Spain, meaning I had to travel a lot and could hardly train.
‘I didn’t sleep much, I wasn’t eating well, but luckily the team was doing really well and that helped me a lot.’
Silva has also admitted that playing football was a welcome distraction, as City claimed a League Cup and Premier League double.
Silva told Gary Lineker how football acted as a form of escapism during difficult period
Silva said playing football was the only time he kept the problem out of his mind
Pep Guardiola was understanding of the situation and allowed Silva time off as and when he needed it. But it was actually playing football that was the only form of escapism the 32-year-old could find.
‘Yes, I’ve said it before, the only time I could get it out of my mind was when I was playing. Then I would start thinking about everything once the match was over,’ he continued.
‘It was a really good escape. Football is what we like and enjoy most.’
Mateo is now a perfectly healthy baby boy, and Silva and his wife, Eva, paraded their son in front of the Etihad prior to their first home game of the season – a 6-1 demolition of Huddersfield.