Silva puzzled by Real rumours

Man City playmaker not interested in returning to Spain

David Silva: Happy at Manchester City and not interested in returning to Spain

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David Silva has no interest in returning to Spain after admitting he could not understand reports that Real Madrid tried to cover up their failure to sign him by making accusations about his lifestyle.

Real were heavily linked with a move for Silva in the summer of 2010 when it became apparent that his time with Valencia was drawing to a close, but instead of switching to the Bernabeu he joined Manchester City.

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Stories later surfaced in the Spanish media claiming Madrid did not sign him because of question marks over his 'problematic' lifestyle.

Silva admits that such stories were baffling but has no regrets about his decision to come to England, having established himself as one of the Premier League's star performers.

"If Real Madrid didn't want to sign me I don't know why these rumours came out, with accusations being thrown around," said the 26-year-old.

"My conscience is clear and I have always been professional.

"That whole affair didn't anger me but it puzzled me greatly. There was an interest but then Real tried to cover it up with that.

"But I am calm and very happy to have taken the decision I did.

"Neither Barcelona nor Real made any move. It was City who made a move for me and that is why I am here. I went where I was wanted."

Happy at City

Silva says he has no plans to go back to Spain as he looks to repay the faith shown in him by City manager Roberto Mancini.

He added: "I was happy at Valencia but because of circumstances I had to leave.

"City put their faith in me more strongly than anyone else and I made the right decision.

"Mancini has given me total confidence and that's very important for a player, while I am very happy that my team-mates are adapting to my game.

"I am very happy in England, I have two years left on my contract and I want to see it out. "

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"I am very happy in England, I have two years left on my contract and I want to see it out.

"Right now I don't want to return home, I'm enjoying myself and the people have treated me marvellously - and I hope to enjoy it much more.

"You enjoy football to the maximum here."

City crashed out of this season's UEFA Champions League at the group stage but are challenging for the Premier League title and Silva believes they will be strong enough to compete for European glory in the next couple of years.

He said: "Barcelona have won many titles and Madrid have had the same structure for a long time.

"But we are getting there and if not next year then very soon, we will be fighting them for the Champions League."