Silva would snub Barcelona

Real also not an option for loyal Spaniard amid City evolution

David Silva: Spanish playmaker wants to repay the faith shown by Roberto Mancini

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David Silva insists he would ignore any approaches from Barcelona or Real Madrid in order to repay the faith of Manchester City.

Roberto Mancini paid £26million to Valencia for the Spaniard in the summer of 2010 and after taking a season to settle into life in England the playmaker is more than justifying his price tag.

Silva has been the star of City's charge to the top of the Premier League table and was instrumental in dismantling Manchester United in last weekend's famous derby victory at Old Trafford.

The 25-year-old's form has led to suggestions Real and Barcelona will want to sign him and his head could be turned by the possibility of returning to Spain, where his international prospects could be boosted.

But Silva is quoted as saying in The Sun: "City believed in me and I'm very well here.

"Real Madrid and Barcelona are definitely two great clubs, but I hope to stay in Manchester for many years."