x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

City swoop for Spanish Silva

The Premier League club Manchester City reach agreement with Valencia to sign the Spain winger David Silva.

The Spanish midfielder David Silva, left, will be playing in the Premier League for Manchester City next season.
The Spanish midfielder David Silva, left, will be playing in the Premier League for Manchester City next season.

Manchester City have reached agreement with Valencia to sign Spain forward David Silva. The 24-year-old, who is currently at the World Cup with his national squad, has agreed a five-year deal at Eastlands. Silva will undergo a medical and the transfer will be formally completed once his involvement in South Africa is over. Speaking from Spain's World Cup base, Silva told the club's website, www.mcfc.co.uk: "Firstly I would like to thank Valencia as a club and all of their loyal fans, and my teammates 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."

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