David Silva
David Silva

Manchester City's Spanish wizard David Silva has stated he has no plans of leaving the English champions, despite reports suggesting he will be returning to La Liga.

The 26 year old midfielder transferred to the Etihad from Valencia in 2010 and following a string of impressive performances has been linked with a move to Spanish champions Real Madrid.

The Santiago Bernabeu club are reportedly looking to sign Silva as replacement for Brazilian midfielder Kaka, who might be leaving the club in the summer. Madrid were credited with an interest in signing Silva before he left for City.

However, the player, who was voted his club's Player of the Year by his team mates, stated he was happy with his role and insisted he would complete his contract (which expires in 2014) before considering future options.

"David has signed a long deal with Manchester City and is very happy at the club. Football is always unpredictable but he wants to stay in England," said Julio Llorente (Silva's agent), according to a report in the Daily Mail.

"Real Madrid is a big club as well and they were interested when he was at Valencia but the deal was not possible," Llorente added, in a Daily Mirror report, adding, "We are ignoring the plans of Real Madrid because he is very integrated at City and winning the Premier League has only increased his commitment to the club." Silva scored the winning goal in Spain's friendly against China on Sunday and is presently concentrating on helping the national team prepare for the 2012 European Championships.

Meanwhile, England boss Roy Hodgson feels City goalkeeper Joe Hart could play an important role in the country's summer campaign in Poland and Ukraine.

"If you look at the top England teams of the past we have often had a goalkeeper that people have suggested is one of the best in Europe or, in the case of Gordon Banks, one of the best in the world," The Sun quoted Hodgson as saying.

"Joe Hart will be vital. His form for Manchester City has been superb. When he has played for England he has done very well," he said, according to an ESPN report.