David Silva would not be at Manchester City today if Jose Mourinho had not taken over at Real Madrid, it has been revealed.
In an interview with AS, Valencia President Manuel Llorente has said that the Etihad Stadium star man was on the verge of signing for Real, right up until former Chelsea boss Mourinho took the manager’s hot seat.
According to the Spanish club’s head man, Real Madrid looked certain to sign Silva until Los Merengues pulled the plug on the deal at the last minute, and that left the way open for Roberto Mancini and City to step in.
Llorente said: “I have to say that with David Silva I had the feeling many times we were going to reach agreement as Madrid had the willingness and means to sign him.
“But with the change of coach everything halted. It was then that Manchester City appeared on the scene and we did the deal.”
The Valencia man also admitted that the presence of Mourinho had a direct impact on the transfer falling through.
When quizzed on whether Mourinho’s arrival was the catalyst for the deal failing, he said:
“Let’s say that although we had various conversations with Real Madrid over Silva’s transfer, and we knew they wanted him, one day they called us and said they had other priorities.
“So then, obviously, negotiations broke down and we studied other offers.”
Llorente also spoke of a deal for David Villa between the two clubs breaking down, and claimed Real would spend more money on a foreign player than a Spanish star.
Manchester City fans will be thankful that, were it not for Mourinho’s involvement, they would be without their most impressive player this season.