Sign him up! City planning to spend big for Silva service
22:00 GMT, 29 March 2012
Manchester City will attempt to tie their talisman David Silva to a new long-term contract this summer, despite suggestions the Spain midfielder is homesick.
Silva has been a huge success since joining City from Valencia two seasons ago and is seen as an integral part of coach Roberto Mancini’s plans at the Etihad Stadium.
And with the 26-year-old playmaker halfway through the four-year deal he signed in the summer of 2010, City are keen to elevate him to their top 250,000-a-week pay scale enjoyed by players like Yaya Toure and Carlos Tevez.
Give him a pen: David Silva is set to be offered a new deal
It is understood that Silva has recently been feeling homesick, something that may have contributed to a recent dip in form. Constantly on the radar of top Spanish clubs such as Barcelona and Real Madrid, Silva has told friends that he misses life on the Continent.
Nevertheless, City are confident Silva’s sporadic periods of uncertainty will not prevent him remaining at the club for at least two or three more seasons.
In a recent interview he claimed he was ‘happy at Manchester City’ and the club will hope that he proves as good as his word when they ask him to sit down and talk about his future once the current campaign is over.
Exit: Nigel de Jong (left) could leave the Etihad
Along with Silva, City will also speak to defender Joleon Lescott and captain Vincent Kompany but have not altered their stance on Dutch midfield player Nigel de Jong. The 27-year-old refused to sign the deal put in front of him last summer, choosing to hold out for a better offer from the club.
But De Jong has not been a first-choice starter in the Barclays Premier League this season – making just 15 appearances so far. It is understood the original offer is now no longer on the table and he is expected to be sold.
Meanwhile, City’s Sergio Aguero has been ruled out of Saturdays home game against Sunderland with a foot injury. It means Tevez could start his first Premier League game since returning from self-imposed exile in February.
Lescott is also out but Kompany has a chance of playing for the first time in three weeks.