Silva signals City's intent: 'I'm here to win more trophies,' says Spaniard
21:44 GMT, 17 September 2012
David Silva had already dealt Real Madrid one incisive blow on arrival in Spain by signing a new five-year contract moments before stepping on the plane.
Real were one of the Manchester City winger’s prime suitors as he prevaricated over a new deal in the summer.
Silva’s signature — revealed by Sportsmail — is significant. Homesickness had at one stage threatened to drive him, one of City’s most important players, back to Spain. That he has chosen to stay speaks volumes for the direction he feels his current club are heading.
Silva lining: David Silva (left) has signed a new deal at Manchester City
Speaking on Monday night, Silva was monotone. It is hard for him to appear excited apart from when he is on a football pitch. He did, however, bring with him a warning of what could happen if City get too over-ambitious tonight against a team reeling from internal conflict and a weekend defeat at Sevilla.
‘Maybe it is a more dangerous situation because they are not at a good moment,’ said Silva. ‘We could awaken the beast in them and have to be careful.
‘It is clear that, when everything is going well, Madrid play with more confidence. When they have doubts, it is difficult. But they are a world-class team.’
Silva’s contract will theoretically tie the 26-year-old to City until beyond his 31st birthday. They could well be the best years of his career. City, at the very least, can now rest assured that if he does look elsewhere in the future then he will be sold only on their terms.
Interestingly, his weekly wage will be a relatively modest — as bizarre as that sounds — 120,000 a week. It will only threaten the 200,000-a-week barrier if City continue to win things.
‘I have been here two years and I am very happy,’ said Silva. ‘We have won three trophies and I hope more to come. We have a great team and it’s why I am committed to the club.’
Here to stay: Silva joins his Manchester City team-mates in Madrid
Silva will certainly play in the Bernabeu. The make-up of Roberto Mancini’s team will be interesting, though.
It is almost a year since City lost 2-0 at Bayern Munich in a match just as over-hyped and anticipated as this one. It will, of course, always be remembered as the night Mancini fell out with Carlos Tevez, but what often gets overlooked from that night in Bavaria is just how sobering an evening it was for City on the field. The fact is that City were given a right old chasing by the eventual finalists.
City look back on that night and, indeed, last season’s failed Champions League campaign as a learning experience. Here tonight we will be granted some kind of insight into exactly what they have learned.
Ambitious: Silva hopes to lead City to further honours at home and abroad
Certainly the game presents coach Mancini with as much of a challenge as it does his players. The Italian, a winner of trophies in England and back at home, has never progressed further than the last eight of this competition and it is something that his c.v. suffers for rather.
In Munich, Mancini got his team wrong, that much is certain.
Speaking at the weekend, Mancini suggested City will come here to win. It is an admirable game plan to adopt against a team that can look vulnerable when placed under pressure.
In reality, however, should not the first priority tonight be to come away with at least a point ‘I understand that,’ said Mancini, ‘but I am not sure this team has the mentality to just defend. We have not come here just to wait.’