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Silva eager to sign on and conquer Europe with City

By Andy Hampson

David Silva hopes to sign a new contract and win the Champions League with Manchester City this season.

The Spain playmaker, whose current deal expires at the end of next term, joined City in 2010 and is keen to complete a decade at the Etihad Stadium.

The 31-year-old has won five domestic trophies, including two Premier League titles, with City and is eyeing Europe's top prize.

Asked how discussions over new terms were progressing, Silva said: "We are still talking. I hope I can sign soon because I would love to be here and play for City for 10 years.

"It would be amazing (to win the Champions League). I pray every night to win the Champions League with City. Hopefully we can win this year."

Silva, sitting alongside manager Pep Guardiola, was making a rare appearance in front of media at a press conference in Italy to preview tonight's Champions League clash at Napoli.

Rarer still, Silva was responding to most questions in English and, although he was economical with words, he did say he feels City have reached new heights.

City, the Premier League leaders, are unbeaten in 15 games this season and have won the last 13 in succession - a club record - and scored 45 goals.

Asked if it was the best City side he had played in, Silva said: "Yes. We are playing beautiful football. We are scoring goals and creating a lot of chances.

"I think we are doing very well from the keeper to the striker. We know how to move."

City head into their return fixture against Napoli top of Group F and having beaten the Serie A leaders at the Etihad.

The club need a point at the San Paolo Stadium to secure a place in the knockout stages for a fifth successive season.

Playing for such an eventuality is alien to Guardiola, however.

The former Barcelona boss said: "Why play for a draw? We are going to try to win."

Guardiola has seen Silva revel in a central midfield role this season, sitting well alongside Kevin de Bruyne and creating numerous chances. He said of Silva: "He doesn't talk too much, but when he goes on the pitch he's a huge personality.

"He is a legend at this club. It would have been a pleasure to have taken him for Barcelona, but he was so expensive."

Napoli vs Man City

Champions League:

Stadio San Paolo, Tonight, 7.45pm

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