Richards hails Man City teammate Silva

Micah Richards has praised the talent of his Manchester City teammate David Silva after the Spain international and World Cup winner helped inspire Manuel Pellegrini’s side to a 3-1 win over West Ham, taking City to fourth in the Premier League table, Sky Sports has reported.

Sergio Aguero scored twice at Upton Park, with Silva getting City’s third goal, and it was Silva who caught Richards’ eye, although the defender revealed Silva’s performance was of a quality his colleagues has come to expect. “We call him Merlin. He’s like a little wizard isn’t he? He is class,” Richards said.

At West Ham he was just ridiculous. He is the best player I have played with. He just makes it look easy, the way he goes past people. He is just amazing,” he added, before going on to explain the unorthodox approach he takes to handle playing against Silva in training. “ he only way I can stop him in training is if I smash him. He doesn’t come near me now! We have an agreement – you don’t come near me, I won’t hurt you.

Silva has been at City since 2010, moving from Valencia. He has gone on to make almost 150 appearances for the club, scoring 21 goals, and claimed the 2010 FA Cup and 2011 Premier League title to add to the prizes won at international level with La Roja.

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