By Chris Wright
After weeks of ‘is-he?-isn’t-he?’ rumour-mongering, Pies can officially confirm that David Silva will be a Manchester City player next season.
In the last few minutes, City have posted the news on their official website that the Spanish international will move to Eastlands (subject to passing a routine medical) from Valencia after his involvement in the World Cup is over.
Silva, who will move to City on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee reported to be somewhere in the region of £25 million, told the club’s site;
“Firstly I would like to thank Valencia as a club and all of their loyal fans, and my team mates there and staff. I have enjoyed six years at Valencia, they discovered me as a footballer and they will always be a special club for me.
The time is right for me to seek a new challenge, and I am thrilled about playing in England with Manchester City. I believe the Premier League is one of the best competitions in the world and I want to bring success to City and win trophies for them.
There has been a lot of speculation about me in the British and Spanish media, and I need to fully concentrate on playing for Spain in the World Cup. That is why my advisors have been dealing with City for me so that I can have my attentions only on South Africa and playing well for my national team.”
City manager Roberto Mancini also issued a short statement to welcome the 24-year-old to the fold;
“I think that David Silva is one of the best midfielders in Europe, and I hope he will be a very important player for Manchester City.
I am so pleased he is coming to us, I think he can make a big, big impact for Manchester City. In signing David, we are showing the World that we are bringing the best players here and that we hope to compete to win the Premier League. When players see what is happening at Manchester City and the ambition they are attracted to what we are building and want to be a part of it.
I hope he does very well for Spain in the World Cup and then joins us for our pre-season, ready to compete in the Premier League. I am very excited about seeing him playing for Manchester City.”
Manchester City are also said to be within hours of tying up a deal to bring Barcelona’s anchor man Yaya Toure to the club – more on that one ‘as and when’…