David Silva has stated that he will "always be grateful" to Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola after the premature birth of son Mateo.
Silva's son was born extremely premature in December 2017 and spent five months in hospital before being allowed to go home in May.
The midfielder missed games around the same period to be with his newborn son and partner.
But with Mateo now at home and doing well, Silva has thanked Guardiola for his understanding during a difficult period, with his son present during Sunday's 6-1 win against Huddersfield in which the Spaniard scored a free kick.
"Firstly, he [Guardiola] has been amazing with me," Silva told Laura Woods ahead of Manchester City's game against Wolves, live on Sky Sports Premier League on Saturday.
"With everything that happened to me, he gave me a lot of freedom, so I'll always be grateful to him.
"Secondly, inside the pitch, he makes things easier for you. He sees everything before it actually happens and that, as a player, helps a lot.
"It was very special [having Mateo at the Huddersfield]; the best moment of my life.
"When it all happened, I was only thinking about everything going well and I wished I could have him one day with me at the stadium, and it finally happened."