David Silva is reportedly being lined up as a summer transfer target for the Spanish giants, but the playmaker has stated he will not leave the Etihad Stadium.
The Santiago Bernabeu outfit are thought to be long-term admirers of the diminutive schemer, and reports in Spain are suggesting that they are lining up Silva as their number one transfer target for next season.
However, while on international duty and speaking with Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, the former Valencia midfielder has stated that he is happy in Manchester and has no intention of returning to his homeland soon.
"I'm very happy in Manchester and I think this is similar to what happens every year,” the 27-year-old said.
"There are always rumours and, in the end, the player has to be calm. I renewed my contract because I am happy over there (in Manchester)."
City are in a strong position to reject any approaches from Madrid, specifically due to the five-year contract that Silva signed last September.
Madrid are also keeping an eye on Sergio Aguero, but the Argentine forward made a similar comment stating his intention to remain at City for the foreseeable future recently.
Silva continues to be an important man for Manuel Pellegrini’s side, and getting him back to full match fitness and on form could well have a significant bearing on the team’s chances of silverware this term.
The attacking midfielder was a vital component of City’s Premier League title-winning side in 2011-12, but suffered from debilitating injuries last term that cost him his stellar form from the season before.
A thigh injury has kept him unavailable for some of the Manchester club’s fixtures this term, but the good news is that Silva has been getting game time of late without any apparent ill-effects.
The 27-year-old played the full 90 minutes in City’s last Premier League game, providing an assist in the 3-1 away victory over Everton.
Silva also played the full match for Spain on Friday night, with the current world champions beating Belarus 2-1 in Mallorca.
Pellegrini and the City fans will hope that Silva can remain injury free for the remainder of the season, and if is the case he will be the main creative force in a side looking to win honours this term.
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