Silva salutes Mancini influence

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David Silva is flattered to hear Roberto Mancini speak of him in such glowing terms, but insists it is down to the hard work of Manchester City's backroom team than he has been able to scale such heights.

The 25-year-old Spaniard has starred for both club and country this term, as the diminutive playmaker enjoys the form of his life.

A scintillating start to the domestic campaign was followed by impressive performances in the recent Euro 2012 qualifiers, causing Mancini to suggest that the former Valencia man should now be regarded as one of the world's best players.

"I am very grateful for the comments he has made," said Silva. "But first and foremost I am even more grateful for the faith he has shown in me since I signed for the club.


"It is always very difficult when you are changing countries, changing leagues, changing style of football.

"But now I am in my second season here I feel more settled than ever and I am very happy both on and off the field."

Silva took time to settle in England following his big-money move to the Etihad Stadium last summer, but now comfortable with his role in the side, City are now reaping the benefits of such a gifted individual.

"That is thanks to the man sat next to me [Mancini]," he added. "His backroom staff and my team-mates.

"Because I am happy off the field I am showing good form on it now."

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