Manchester City have moved to try and tie key playmaker David Silva down to a new contract according to The Daily Mail.
The talented attacking midfielder is currently on international duty with Spain at Euro 2012, and played a part in the Iberian nation’s penalties victory over Portugal on Wednesday night.
Silva has been a star man for the Premier League winners also, and as such has been linked with a move back to his homeland, with Real Madrid said to be keen to sign the player this summer.
Despite this, Silva has already stated that he is happy at Roberto Mancini’s men, and the Etihad Stadium outfit have moved to secure the player’s long-term future in England.
City executives are thought to have flown to Barcelona over the weekend to meet with the player’s agent and advisors, with initial discussions over a contract extension underway.
Silva has two years left on his current deal at the club, and has been one of the Premier League’s top players since moving from Valencia in 2010.
Meanwhile, Mario Balotelli will not be leaving City either, with his agent stating that a move back to Italy is not a possibility.
“Italian football’s economic situation means that at the moment top players can’t come to Italy,” he revealed.
By Gareth McKnight