David Silva: I’m not going to Barcelona – because I want to win the Champions League with Manchester City

The Man City midfielder also praised his compatriots David de Gea and Juan Mata, who he will line up against in the Manchester derby
Laurence Griffiths
Unfinished business: David Silva says he wants to stay at Man City

David Silva has made it clear he will not be leaving Manchester City in the summer, stating he wants to win the Champions League with the club.

And ahead of next week’s Manchester derby, he­ has praised his compatriots David de Gea and Juan Mata – but still intends to prolong their current agony.

Manchester City maestro Silva believes rivals United have secured Spain’s No.1 ­goalkeeper-in-waiting and a class orchestrator in De Gea and his old pal Mata.

Yet, he goes into Tuesday’s derby with eyes only for the Premier League title and another chance to claim his ultimate goal, the Champions League.

Victory at Old Trafford would complete a double for City over their neighbours and heap the pressure back on David Moyes’ team.

De Gea has been exposed by a fragile defence and Mata has toiled to find his role in a side fallen so ignominiously from domestic grace. Silva, at the peak of his irresistible powers this season, said: “I wish David de Gea the best, obviously. He had a very ­difficult first year at United.

“I don’t know him that well on a personal level, but he’s a fantastic goalkeeper and, hopefully, he will make it.

“He’s young with very good conditions as a goalkeeper and I can see him becoming Spain’s No.1.”

Silva has a much closer relationship with Mata, who followed him from Valencia to English football, and helped him settle in the Manchester area.

Mata’s early struggles at United have been evident, but Silva has no doubts he will eventually come good in the red shirt.

“It’s a very difficult situation because the team is not playing that well,” Silva said.

“They have not managed to bring the best out of him, but he’s a very talented player, and he will show it. I know him very well. We played together many years. He’s also a great guy and I’m sure it will work out for him.

“He wasn’t having the minutes at Chelsea, so it was a good move for him, going to United to play.

“We are friends and I have been out for dinner with him and his family. Maybe after the match we can have a meal – it depends.”


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Silva, 28, was once coveted by United and, more recently, has been linked with ­Barcelona but he dismisses such reports, insisting he has unfinished business at City.

He said: “I’m very used to the rumours every summer. They have been around a long time.

“It’s the way football works – just rumours. I’m very happy at Manchester City and I think that shows on the pitch as well. The first thing is that I want to win the Premier League this year. And then I want to win the Champions League. We want to get bigger every year, regardless of what is happening at Manchester United.

“I think this is the most exciting City team I have played in. That attacking style helps, not just for me, but for all the players to go forward and score more goals.

“I ask myself in every game to be the one to take ­responsibility. I enjoy creating goals more than scoring them.”

Silva acknowledges huge challenges stand between City and another league crown – starting at Old Trafford.

He said: “Every game now is a final. I am surprised by United’s problems because for many, many years they have been challengers.

“But they may be dangerous on Tuesday, for sure. They will give all to win, but so will we. It should be a great match.”