Silva planning City stay

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David Silva insists he is happy at Manchester City and has no desire to return to Spain.

The 26-year-old Spanish international was heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid when it became clear his time at Valencia was coming to an end, but the City star turned down the opportunity to move to the Bernabeu in favour of a switch to the Etihad Stadium.

Silva has been one of the Citizens' stand-out performers in Roberto Mancini's star-studded line-up this season, and after taking some time to settle in England after arriving in the summer of 2010, the playmaker has established himself as one of the Premier League's leading lights.

After turning down Real's advances, speculation in the Spanish press claimed that a transfer to the La Liga giants was halted by the club, after Madrid officials raised questions over Silva's problematic lifestyle. The player has no issue with the move not going through though.

"If Real Madrid didn't want to sign me I don't know why these rumours came out, with accusations being thrown around," said Silva. "[But] my conscience is clear and I have always been professional.

"That whole affair didn't anger me but it puzzled me greatly. There was an interest but then Real tried to cover it up with that. But I am calm and very happy to have taken the decision I did.

"Neither Barcelona nor Real made any move. It was City who made a move for me and that is why I am here. I went where I was wanted."

Silva admits he could end his career back in his native homeland, but for the meantime he is fully focused on winning trophies with Manchester City.

"I was happy at Valencia but because of circumstances I had to leave," he added. "City put their faith in me more strongly than anyone else and I made the right decision.

"Mancini has given me total confidence and that's very important for a player, while I am very happy that my teammates are adapting to my game. I am very happy in England, I have two years left on my contract and I want to see it out.

"Right now I don't want to return home, I'm enjoying myself and the people have treated me marvelously - and I hope to enjoy it much more."

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