David Silva is sure that Manchester City can achieve a top four finish this season but says the club cannot rely on rivals Tottenham Hotspur to slip up if they are to reach their goal of Champions League football next season.
The Citizens currently sit third in the table, eight points behind league leaders Manchester United, and Silva is ‘convinced’ that his side will not be pipped to a Champions League spot like they were by Spurs last season.
Talking to Sky Sports, Silva said: “I am optimistic and I would bet on City’s presence in the top four at the end of the season,” he said in The People.
“If we stay at this standard of football, then we deserve to be in the Champions League – but we still need to make sure we get there.
“It’s normal that we want to play in the Champions League and now I think it is just a question of time. I am convinced our chance will arrive next season.
“Any mistake by Spurs is good for us, but the situation is in our own hands.”
City plan Rodwell bid.
Manchester City are preparing to compete against archrivals Manchester United for the signature of Everton youngster Jack Rodwell, according to The Daily Mail.
Reports suggest that United are preparing a £15million offer for the 19-year-old but Roberto Mancini is understood to be a big admirer of the England Under 21 star and could be set to enter a bidding war with his adversary Sir Alex Ferguson.
Rodwell is currently contracted to the Toffees until 2015 and Everton boss David Moyes will be reluctant to let the midfielder leave Goodison Park in the near future but a large offer could force the Everton hierarchy to allow the youngster to move on as recent reports show that the club is struggling financially and Moyes will not be able to make any additions to the squad for next season.
Given injury latest.
Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given will this week find out whether or not he must undergo surgery to clear up a shoulder injury, according to BBC Sport.
The Republic of Ireland international has been City’s second-choice goalkeeper this season after losing his place in the first-team to Joe Hart and was not included in the squad which defeated Notts County 5-0 in the FA Cup on Sunday.
Speaking after his side’s victory over the League One side, Roberto Mancini said: “He will go to the doctor in London to see if he needs surgery.”
Given, who has gone under the knife before after suffering a dislocation in his shoulder, has featured just four times for his club this season and is expected to leave Manchester in the summer in search of first-team football.