Manchester City fans will be delighted to hear David Silva rubbish rumours of a summer move - insisting he wants to win the Champions League with the club.

The Spanish playmaker had previously been linked with a move to Barcelona but he's insisted there is nothing in the rumours he could be about to leave the Etihad stadium.

Silva had been earmarked by Barca as the man to replace 34-year-old Xavi but they may have to look elsewhere as he's reaffirmed his commitment to winning trophies with City.

Quoted in The Mirror, Silva said: "I’m very used to the rumours every summer. They have been around a long time. It’s the way football works – just rumours.

"I’m very happy at Manchester City and I think that shows on the pitch as well. The first
thing is that I want to win the Premier League this year. And then I want to win the Champions League."

It'll have to be third time lucky for City in the Champions League after they were knocked out by Barcelona in the round of 16 this year having not even made it out of the group stage last season.

The next step in the hunt to regain the Premier League title they won in 2012 is Manchester United away, and Silva believes the derby will prove a tough test.

He said: "“Every game now is a final. I am surprised by United’s problems because for many, many years they have been challengers.

“But they may be dangerous on Tuesday, for sure. They will give all to win, but so will we. It should be a great match.”

The title success in 2012 was helped massively by a derby win in late April, and victory on Tuesday would help close the six-point gap on leaders Chelsea.

Following that City travel to Arsenal on Saturday to end a week which could make or break their title dreams.

Silva won't be the only Spanish maestro on the pitch on Tuesday, with Juan Mata likely to start the game for United, and he knows exactly how good his international teammate is and should the result go City's way the pair could be teaming up again - this time at the dinner table.

The City man said: "They have not managed to bring the best out of him, but he’s a very talented player, and he will show it.

"I know him very well. We are friends and I have been out for dinner with him and his family. Maybe after the match we can have a meal – it depends."

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