David Silva believes he is playing the best football of his career this season and has credited Roberto Mancini's attacking philosophy for his improvement.
Silva was slow to settle into the Premier League following his move from Valencia 18 months ago, but found some sparkling form during the second half of last season and has gone from strength to strength at the start of the current campaign.
He has been at the heart of a blistering run that has seen City rise to the top of the table at Christmas after scoring 53 goals in 17 league games.
The Spanish playmaker has been given free rein to demonstrate his creativity and is thankful to Mancini for his approach to management.
"The manager plans all our matches with an offensive vision and this is so positive for my style of game," Silva said in The Sun.
"Mancini is not the habitual Italian coach who thinks only about maintaining a lead.
"I remember how he insisted that it is better to win 3-2 than 1-0. Thanks to that philosophy I have improved my game and I am grateful to him.
"Actually, I am enjoying my best ever moments as a professional."
Silva enjoys setting up his team-mates after working hard over the past couple of years to get to grips with English football.
"My mission at City is clear - to create goals for the forwards," he explained.
"Initially I had doubts about adapting to English football and it wasn't easy.
"But the key has been all the help from my team-mates and the confidence of the coach.
"From the first day, Mancini explained exactly what he wanted and gave me plenty of scope to play.
"The secret of my success here is down to work, work and more work - both in training sessions and matches."