Speedy City suited new recruit Silva

Knowing Valencia needed to cash in on his services and with the

World Cup fast approaching, Silva needed a quick decision on his

future. That City had already made their intentions known was

perfect for the 24-year-old, who quickly agreed to make the move to

Eastlands for £25million and sign a four-year contract. “I

wanted my future sorted out before the World Cup and Manchester

City showed serious intent,” he said. “They made it very clear they

wanted me and were happy to stick their necks out. I wanted to pay

that back.” It works both ways of course. City are now getting a

World Cup winner, even if Silva only made the bench for that famous

final victory over Holland in Johannesburg. It is a prize he will

covet for life although he wants to expand his medal collection

with a few honours for his new club. “I have come here to win

titles and important trophies,” he said. “This club is going to

places I want to visit. “I can’t wait to play alongside Carlos

Tevez, Emmanuel Adebayor, Nigel de Jong and Yaya Toure, and that’s

to name just four.” Not that the enormity of the move has quite

sunk in yet. Silva was given an extended break after his exertions

in South Africa and immediately gets a reminder of what he left

behind in Valencia when his old club visit Eastlands for their

final pre-season friendly on Saturday. Then it is back on a plane

for home after he was named in the Spain squad to tackle Mexico in

the Azteca Stadium next Wednesday. It will be a joyous reunion,

although Silva has reservations about the exercise given its

proximity to the Premier League opener against Tottenham next

Saturday. “It is always nice to be chosen for your country but I

have to admit the timing of this match is not great,” he said. “The

Premier League is about to start and I need time with the new

players at the club. “But there is nothing I can do about it and I

will be going.”