Silva not happy about negative rumors

There’s nothing like a rivalry among European contenders in the world of football, and if Manchester City stud David Silva keeps talking, his current squad just might find itself in one with Spanish super team Real Madrid. According to Silva, after the Madrilenos couldn’t work out a deal to bring the 26-year-old to Spain, they chose to attack him via rumors about his lifestyle being the problem.

“If Real Madrid didn’t want to sign me I don’t know why these rumours came out, with accusations being thrown around. 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,” says Silva.

Silva took his talents to Manchester for a big-time cost of £27 million after his talks with Real washed out a year and a half ago. Post decision, many in the Spanish media claimed the deal was due to Silva’s lifestyle, an accusation Silva clearly did not appreciate.

According to Valencia’s president, Manuel Llorente, the team needed cash when it agreed to transfer Silva and current Barcelona goal-scoring machine David Villa and was looking for only one thing: the best price. Real showed interested, Llorente says, but once new coach Jose Mourinho took over, the tune changed for Madrid.

“Real Madrid were willing to sign Silva but with the change of coach, everything stopped,” said the Valencia president. “It was then that Manchester City came in and we reached a deal. We had several discussions with Madrid for the transfer of Silva and they wanted him. But one day they called us and told us their priorities had changed.”

Since then Silva has played at a high level, even throwing his name into the ring for consideration as the Premier League’s Player of the Year honors this season. And, the Spaniard doesn’t regret bypassing a stint on one of the perennial contenders in La Liga.

“I am very happy in England,” he says. “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.”