With ongoing talk of Carlos Tevez looking to return to South America sooner rather than later, Manchester City have received a timely boost with David Silva claiming that recent reports, linking him with a return to Spain, are wide of the mark.
Having initially struggled in his first couple of months, he has since become integral in the City midfield and is forming a formidable partnership with Yaya Toure. Speaking at a recent promotional event, he used the opportunity to not only clear the air regarding his future, but to also praise both his new surroundings and the efforts of his new colleagues to aid his integration. On Manchester, Silva stated: “I
On his team mates and employers, Silva added: “The help of my team-mates and all the people at the club has helped my settling-in period go so smoothly. It was difficult to begin with, but I was not quite 100 per cent fit because I missed part of pre-season due to my late arrival from the World Cup. There were also a couple of international friendlies that involved long journeys which interrupted me getting into shape. I didn’t have the time then, but since then I think the form has started to come through for me.”
With talk of a summer move to Atletico Madrid reported recently, it was claimed that Silva was struggling with the English weather and that talks between the club and his agent Julio Llorente had already taken place, it has also been claimed that Silva had no desire to leave Spain in the first place. His performances of late would suggest that Silva is a man of his word though, with goals against Red Bull Salzburg, Blackpool and Manchester United, plus six league assists thus far. Added to this, he scooped three consecutive Player of the Month awards from Manchester City for October, November and December.
He also received public praise from his captain earlier this month when Carlos Tevez claimed that: “David Silva is the best signing we have made. He is the type of player who can win you the game. He has freshened up the team and brought a new dimension to it.” With Manchester City currently third in the Premier League, with a two point cushion and designs on some silverware, it is clear that much will depend on ‘El Chino’, as Pepe Reina once remarked: “he might barely measure 1.50m but he has talent to die for“.