David Silva has been a revelation since signing for Manchester City in the summer of 2010.
There is simply no other way to put it. The Spaniard was signed for an undisclosed fee on a four-year deal, and quickly went about his business on the way to helping the Citizens to FA Cup glory.
Twelve months later, and the 26-year-old added a Premier League winners medal to his collection, which contains one World Cup and two European Championship successes following La Roja’s victory in Poland and Ukraine this summer.
There is no denying Silva’s influence in Roberto Mancini’s side, appearing 102 times in all competitions, and 71 times out of a possible 76 in the Premier League over two years.
Whilst the playmaker chips in with valuable goals on occasion, hitting the back of the net isn’t the main priority. Silva produced 17 assists en-route to the title last term, the overall leader in the English top flight.
With just 24 months left on his contract and such a big influence on how things work at the Etihad Stadium, the talismanic midfielder is in a fantastic position to negotiate a new deal.
Silva’s initial £130,000-a-week contract is dwarfed by a number of other top players at Eastlands, with the likes of Yaya Toure and Carlos Tevez taking home in the region of £200,000-a-week. Understandably, Silva wants parity with the other big names.
Quite unbelievably, City appear to be stalling on a possible deal. The Daily Telegraph claims negotiations started back in June, but are still some way from a conclusion. Whilst the club prefer not to get involved in contract extensions during the season, an exception could be made for Silva.
City will no all too well that if the player reaches the final 12 months of his contract, then several top sides will be sniffing round for a potential bargain. Word in Spain is that, with Xavi reaching his mid-30s, Silva could be the player to replace his international counter-part.
Teams in England would understandably be keen on a player who has now proved himself at the highest level on these shores. Whether Manchester United would be able to persuade the player to swap blue for red is another matter entirely.
Money might swing things in their direction, whilst Chelsea would also have the funds available to offer a mega-contract to the Spaniard.
None of these can compete with City, however, which makes it so intriguing as to why they continue to stall. How this all unfolds over the coming months, remains to be seen.