Gil rates Silva as the best player in England's top flight and he wants to follow in his compatriot's footsteps and make a success of his time at Villa.
So far the 22-year-old has impressed since moving from Valencia in January, but he is clearly not resting on his laurels and he has high ambitions about what he can achieve with Villa.
"I learned a lot by just watching David Silva, and I wanted to be the same sort of player," he said. "He is the best player in the Premier League and I would love to be as good as him. I've only been here for a month but I have a feeling big things are going to happen."
Silva has been one of Manchester City's key players for a number of years and if Gil can have half that amount of success he will be a major hit at Villa Park.
At the moment he is, understandably, behind Silva in most areas, but there is potential for him to be a very good player in his own right.
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Gil is clearly more comfortable than Silva dribbling with the ball, whilst he also has a better passing accuracy ratio.
In every other area Silva is superior, but that is partly due to the increased quality of his teammates and Gil can still feel very pleased with his start in English football.
If he can continue to meet these sort of standards he looks set to be hugely important to Villa and they will be relying on his creativity to fire them up the league as they look to avoid the drop under Tim Sherwood's guidance.