David Silva: Manchester City can be as big as Barcelona and Real Madrid

Silva: City can be as big as Barcelona and Real Madrid

David Silva is confident Manchester City will soon be a major force and challenge the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Owner Sheikh Mansour has spent 425million on players in three-and-a-half years in a bid to challenge Europe's elite.

David Silva: one of Manchester City's best players

David Silva: one of Manchester City's best players

Roberto Mancini’s side are top of the Premier League, holding a two-point lead over Manchester United with 12 games to go.

And although City failed to make it through the group stage on their Champions League debut this season, the Spanish midfielder claimed they will be soon be a major force.

'Real Madrid and Barcelona have been working together for a long time,' he said.

'Barcelona have won many titles and Madrid have been with the same structure for a long time.

'At City we are getting there and, if not next year, soon we will be fighting for the Champions League.'

Silva's has been one of City best players and his impressive displays have seen the former Valencia playmaker linked with a potential return to Spain with Barcelona or Real Madrid.

Major signings: Sergio Aguero (left), Edin Dzeko, and Silva (right)

Sign of the times: Sergio Aguero (left), Edin Dzeko, and Silva (right)

But the World Cup and European Championship-winner, says he has no intention of turning his back on the club at a time when they are on the brink of winning major trophies.

Silva, who has two years left on his deal, added: 'Neither Barcelona nor Real Madrid made a move for me.

'Manchester City did and that’s why I’m here. I went where I wanted. I was very happy in Valencia but circumstances meant that I had to go.

'City was the strongest bet for me and I made the right decision.

'I’m very happy in England, I have a two-year contract and I want to fulfil that, I don’t want to move.

'People treat me great and I hope to enjoy more.

'Roberto Mancini has given me confidence, and that’s very important for a player.

'My team-mates have adapted to my game and that’s very good for me. I am enjoying my football to the fullest.'