Santa hails Silva signing

Striker delighted Valencia winger is set to switch to Eastlands

Santa Cruz: Hailed Silva signing

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Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz believes David Silva is a great signing for the club.

The striker, who is currently on World Cup duty with Paraguay, was rumoured to be a makeweight in the deal for the Valencia winger.

But the Blues have now reached an agreement to bring the Spanish winger to Eastlands on a four-year deal without Santa Cruz having to move the other way.

The Paraguayan striker insists he was not contacted personally about any possible switch and he now wants to focus on his country's historic World Cup quarter-final clash with Spain.

Rumours

He told Sky Sports News: "Of course I heard the rumours (about the Silva deal) but personally I didn't hear anything.

"I'm very happy at City and I wouldn't like to move there (Valencia) and I will do of course my best to help the team to improve and that's of course after the World Cup and the holidays.

"But for now it's focusing on the national team."

Santa Cruz is relishing the possibility of lining up against Silva when Paraguay take on Spain in his country's first ever World Cup quarter-final and he hailed the prospect of the winger coming to City.

Great player

"He is a great player so he is of course a great strength to the team and to the squad so I think everybody's going to be very pleased to have him.

"Everybody knows he's a great player so he's a great signing for the team."

Yaya Toure has also been linked with City and Santa Cruz would be equally delighted to have the Barcelona star on board.

"I think he has also shown what he is worth, he played great in the World Cup also (with Ivory Coast) and everybody knows his qualities as a player so it's going to be also a fantastic signing (if it comes off)."