Silva's pedigree to boost the Blues
- Wed 30 Jun 2010, 11:37AM
- Posted by Peter Ferguson
David Silva will feel at home straight away at the City of Manchester Stadium - the Blues' latest star signing conjured the winning goal on his previous visit.
The Spanish international has happy memories of his new home ground after scoring for Champions League outfit Valencia in a pre-season opener against City three years ago.
Now 24-year-old Silva, currently in South Africa on Spain's World Cup mission, is the perfect recruit for manager Roberto Mancini's forthcoming Europa League campaign.
Reigning champions Chelsea won't need reminding of the cracking Champions League goal he scored against them back in 2007, and the attacking midfielder has a fine international pedigree.
He was joint top scorer with four goals in the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championships, helping Spain to reach the quarter-finals, and made his senior debut in November, 2006.
David scored his first goals in a 3-2 win over Greece in 2007 and played a key role in Spain's 2008 European Championship success, including a semi-final goal against Russia.
He came to prominence when Valencia loaned him to top-flight side Celta Vigo for the 2005-06 season and he hit four goals in 31 games to help clinch a UEFA Cup spot.
David's exploits earned him a seven-year contract and he made more than 140 appearances for Valencia, scoring 20 goals, before deciding to join City's Blue Revolution.
First Mancini's new man has a World Cup to attend to as Spain prepare for Saturday night's quarter-final showdown with Roque Santa Cruz's Paraguay at Ellis Park.