David Silva issues Spanish threat

Manchester City playmaker David Silva has stated that Barcelona and Real Madrid will face competition from his side for next season’s Champions League.

The Etihad Stadium outfit are currently leading the Premier League by two points, but were knocked out of the ‘group of death’ in Europe’s top club competition this term.

Despite this, Spain international Silva feels that his countrymen should be concerned about City’s progress, and that next season they will be key competitors for the crown.

“Real Madrid and ­Barcelona have been working together for a long time,” the attacking midfielder told Mirror Football.

“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,” he defied.

Silva has been a superstar since joining Roberto Mancini’s men from Valencia, and he has admitted that he made the right choice coming to England.

“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 success. 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,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight