Manchester City midfielder David Silva says winning the Barclays Premier League would mean as much to him as when he lifted the European Championship or World Cup with Spain.

City remain the frontrunners to life the league crown this season, and sit three points above second-placed Manchester United in the table.

Silva has been one of the stand-out performers for Roberto Mancini's side so far this term, and played his part in the dramatic weekend victory over Tottneham.

The 26-year-old certainly knows all about winning major competitions having been part of the all conquering Spain squad over the past four years.

And he believes that bringing the title back to the Etihad Stadium come May would match anything he has achieved with his country.

"Winning the Premier League was the reason I came to England - and it would be just as important to me as winning the European Championship and World Cup," Silva said, according to skysports.com.

"Coming to City was a big challenge for me. Winning the FA Cup in my first season was a big achievement, but this is a great championship to be in because the competition is so intense.

"I think England and Spain have the two best leagues. But the difference is that over here there are more teams capable of winning the title than there are in Spain. That makes it more exciting.

"In Spain there are always only two teams in contention. In England there are many teams fighting right up to the death."

Silva has scored 12 goals in 91 appearances for City since joining the club for £26 million from Valencia in the summer of 2010, and surely an early contender for the player the season award.

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