Updated: Monday, 20th August 2018 @ 12:07pm

Thousands line parade route as Manchester City celebrate Premier League title success

Thousands line parade route as Manchester City celebrate Premier League title success

| By Andrew Greaves

Manchester City's triumphant Premier League winners turned Manchester blue yesterday as they took their victory parade around the city centre last night. 

Tens of thousands of fans lined the route as Pep Guardiola's side showed off their silverware haul from this season, including the Premier League and Carabao Cup trophies.

And Guardiola's men were in celebratory mood as they danced and chanted on open-topped buses as they snaked through the city centre. 

The only noticeable absentee was midfield maestro David Silva who was back home in Spain looking after his six-month-old son Mateo, who was born prematurely. 

He did, however, send a video message to the fans and his teammates in which he thanked Guardiola for allowing him frequent trips back to Spain since the birth of Mateo.

"I want to apologise for not being able to celebrate the title with you today. I want to say thank you to the fans, my team-mates, the staff, club and especially to the manager for understanding my situation. You are a top human being, I will be in your debt forever so thank you very much," he said.

Silva also paid tribute to departing midfielder Yaya Toure, who he described as 'the best African player ever'. 

Around 100,000 fans are estimated to have lined the route, which took the players from Victoria Street to Deansgate via Albert Square and Manchester's own free spins casino
Once at Deansgate the players, Guardiola and his staff were presented to the waiting crowds on a stage. 

Guardiola said: "Now is the time to enjoy what we've done this season. It's not the time to talk of next season.

"This summer we'll watch the World Cup on the sofa - we'll have some good beer, good red wine and enjoy what we have done.

"Then we'll try to come back stronger than this season."