Silva targets Champions League

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New signing David Silva wants to lead Manchester City into the Champions League for the first time in the club's history after finalising his move to Eastlands on Wednesday.

Silva arrived at his new club to complete a medical after helping Spain to their maiden World Cup success in South Africa. The 24-year-old's move to City was announced while he was on World Cup duty, with the winger signing a five-year deal reportedly worth £25 million.

"I am looking forward to starting the season with my new team, I'm excited about my new team," Silva told City's official website "And I will be happy if at the end we are in the Champions League - or if we win a trophy."

He added: "Roberto Mancini and (chief executive) Garry Cook have told me we are building a very good team with some of the best players in the world and we are going to fight for honours.

"My first target is to get into the team, and then to fight for the league and the other competitions."

Silva is the third summer signing for City with the club having already lured defenders Jerome Boateng and Yaya Toure.

The Spaniard will, however, not join up with his new team-mates until after he returns from a holiday to the Canary Islands. That will be Silva's first chance to relax since helping Spain to their World Cup win.

Silva was only briefly used during the tournament, making just two appearances after starting in Spain's opening defeat to Switzerland.

The winger was not used at all in the 1-0 final victory against Holland on Sunday and Silva admitted he hoped his club form with City this season could help him push for a regular starting role with Spain.

"I'm very happy with what we did this summer - it's the best time that any player can have," he said. "Of course, if you play well for your team and things go well, the national coach is going to see that and you become more important to him."

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