Manchester City boss says David Silva has become a game-changer

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes David Silva would have been held in higher regard in Spain had he played for Real Madrid or Barcelona.

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has been singing the praises of David Silva to Spanish publication AS, with the playmaker tipped to shine for many years to come.

The 29-year-old has taken his game to another level since completing a switch to the Premier League in the summer of 2010.

He was held in high regard within La Liga circles, but Pellegrini believes he was not given the recognition he deserves because he was not on the books at Real Madrid or Barcelona.

Silva did enough at Valencia, though, to convince City that he was worth a sizeable investment on their part.

They have been handsomely rewarded, with the World Cup winner helping them to two domestic titles and success in League and FA Cup competition.

Pellegrini believes Silva is capable of scaling even greater heights in the future, though, with his creative ability marking him out as player that is capable of winning games on his own.

He told AS: "The future of David Silva depends on the player's ambition. Every player has different restrictions

"In my opinion, the quality of David was not fully recognised before, maybe because he did not play in Barcelona or Real Madrid.

“He is a player that can determine the outcome of a match with just two or three movements.”

  Goal AssistTotal Att AssistGoalsTotal ContestTotal PassAccurate PassTouchesAppearancesMins Played
David Silva 2 39 6 28 1,029 891 1,289 15 1,238

Silva has netted six Premier League goals this season, leaving him just one short of his best return in the English top-flight.

He has also provided a further two assists and helped to cover the recent loss of top marksman Sergio Aguero to injury in the striking department.

Fortunately for City, he committed to a new five-year contract at the Etihad Stadium in the summer of 2014 so will not be going anywhere any time soon.

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