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Manchester City tie Silva to new five-year contract


David Silva has signed a new contract at Manchester City.

Since linking up with the Blues back in the summer of 2010, the Spanish international has emerged as one of the best talents in the Premier League. As well as playing a key role in helping City end a 35-year trophy drought with the FA Cup in 2011, he also inspired them to the Premier League title last season, the first time they have been crowned champions of England since 1968.

Silva has constantly been linked with a return to his homeland where both Barcelona and Real Madrid would certainly welcome him, but the 26-year-old has signed a new deal which is designed to keep him at the Etihad Stadium until the summer of 2017.

"I'm very pleased,” he told the official club website. "I've been here for two years now and I feel very happy here at the club, in the city and with all the people. So now I'm delighted to be extending my contract and being here really does feel just like home for me.

"We've won the Premier League title and two other trophies too, and the team is growing and we are now aiming at the Champions League and so that also is another reason to want to stay here and try and win it. As I said, I feel very comfortable here and I want to try and win trophies like those.

"These last two years have gone very well and so let's hope that the next five go as well or even better. The fans have always given me their support since I arrived here, and recently they've been wanting me to sign, so hopefully this goes someway to thanking them for the affection they've shown towards me, something which also helped me decide to put pen to paper."

Silva, who has also won the World Cup and two European Championships with his country, will hope to show fans in his native land what they are missing out on on Wednesday night, when City travel to the Spanish capital to take on Real in a UEFA Champions League group match.

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