City star consigned to playing second fiddle

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Manchester City's David Silva is becoming increasingly frustrated with his lack of opportunities for his country.

The Spaniard has become an intrical part of Roberto Mancini's side having begun the season in stunning fashion in the Barclays Premier League.

However, internationally, the City star isn't considered to be quite as indispensable.

"I think that I am only a secondary actor," Silva told AS. "The coach does not have confidence in me.

"With other coaches never have I noticed this sensation. I think my performance is positive but not sufficient for the coach.


"It is not easy to start in the first eleven of Spain because of the quality of players."

Silva competes for a starting place in the Spain side with the likes of Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets and Cesc Fabregas, as well as Real Madrid's Xabi Alonso, a quintet who have restricted the 25-year-old's involvement.

In City's side, Silva has scored twice and made three assists, helping the club to second place in the Premier League behind Manchester United.

Spain have already ensured qualification for next summer's European Championships, however, Silva says he'll try to keep his City form up, to assist his attempts to feature in Vicente Del Bosque's side for the remaining qualifiers.

"I want to work very hard to maintain my level and start in the next Euro 2012 qualifier although that depends on the coach," he added.

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