Silva and gold: Part 1
- Mon 07 Feb 2011, 1:34PM
- Posted by David Clayton
David Silva couldn’t be happier with the start he’s made to life in a Manchester City shirt.
The Spanish play-maker has become an instant crowd favourite among the City fans following a series of man-of-the-match displays that saw him voted Etihad Player of the Month on three successive occasions.
"I enjoyed six years at Valencia, they discovered me as a footballer and they will always be a special club for me,” said Silva.
"The time was right for me to seek a new challenge, and I am thrilled about how things have gone so far.
"I believe the Premier League is one of the best competitions in the world and I desperately want to bring success to City and win trophies.”
Silva admits that it took several weeks to find his feet in the Premier League, particularly on the back of winning the World Cup last summer.
“So much has happened in a short space of time, my head was spinning,” he said.
“It was all a bit surreal and it took a while to absorb what happened in South Africa. Winning the World Cup was incredible and to sing and celebrate in front of more than one million people at our homecoming is something I’ll remember forever.
"I'm very happy with what we did as a nation last summer. It's the best thing that could happen to any player.”
Recalling his transfer to the Blues, he added: “I remember getting the news City were interested in signing me during my last matches with Valencia.
“I wanted to keep a clear mind after the season with the World Cup approaching and I decided I was ready for a fresh challenge. I had heard a lot of good things about Manchester and it was clear that City’s ambition matched my own.
“I know that the weather in Manchester is different than Valencia or Canaries, but I come to Manchester to play football in a great team, not for sunbathing or going to the beach!”
Read part 2 of David’s interview tomorrow.