Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Silva eyes Champions League glory

David Silva wants to add the Champions League to his collection of silverware

David Silva has set his sights firmly on Champions League glory after signing a new five-year contract with Manchester City.

The Spanish playmaker has won two Premier League titles and two domestic cups since joining City four years ago but has no doubt more trophies lie in store.

Such is his conviction that he has committed to the club until 2019 and he is determined to help them conquer Europe and add the biggest prize in club football to his international collection of two European Championships and a World Cup.

Asked what trophies he could see City winning in that period, the 28-year-old said: "The Champions League, definitely. It's a title I really want to win. I think we are on a good path and hopefully we can win it some day.

"It's a good challenge for this year. We also want to win other titles. We want to fight for every trophy."

Silva joined City in a £26million transfer from Valencia in 2010.

His signing was a statement of ambition by the club - one of several - as they looked to establish themselves among the elite of the English game.

City are now much further along in their journey but the ambitions remain undimmed and Silva insists he was never tempted to leave.

He said: "On and off the pitch, I feel incredibly content and fulfilled professionally and personally, so why wouldn't I want to stay and keep winning trophies with this fantastic team?

"Over the last four years, we have achieved so much together, establishing City as a dominating force in England and now, when I look around this dressing room, I can see no reason why we won't become one of the top teams in the world.

"It was a straightforward decision to extend my stay here and spend my peak years at Manchester City, a club with unbelievable fans who have always supported me."

The announcement of Silva's new deal came just a day after the club confirmed the £32million signing of defender Eliaquim Mangala.

With these two pieces of news, already it seems Sunday's Community Shield loss to Arsenal - when an under-strength side was brushed aside 3-0 at Wembley - has been forgotten.

City begin the defence of their Barclays Premier League crown at Newcastle on Sunday but the changes look set to continue before then.

Reports have suggested that Spanish midfielder Javi Garcia's expected move to Zenit St Petersburg will be confirmed this week.

Garcia would follow Jack Rodwell out of the club after the England international joined Sunderland last week.

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